Happy Tuesday . It is about 9 AM right now as I start writing this. I have so much to do this week – including moving our old couch to the back porch, so someone can come haul it away this week – and the carpet cleaner guy can come in to clean the rug in the living room. I am totally looking forward to decorating for Christmas this week / weekend, but first – need the carpet deep cleaned and the new sofas in. I haven’t picked any out yet, but that too – will be done this week. It’s a process! There’s also the headache of picking out a new Christmas tree, bringing that home – and setting it up. All of my Christmas items will be out this week, as well as ornaments, and such. I love this time of year, but what I love even more – is sitting in my living room with all the lights off – and just the Christmas lights on when it’s all done. 🙂 THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE LOVES!
BY THE WAY – for those waiting for early Christmas music on the radio for the entire season, 93.9 (the Lite) – they are switching on the CHRISTMAS MUSIC tomorrow at 4 PM! They usually pretend SANTA is in the studio to “flip the switch”, so you might want to sit your kids down, go to the 93.9 (the lite) website, and click “Listen live” – around 3:45 PM or so. TOMORROW – 4 PM – all Christmas music, all the time !!!! I am so very excited, but I know this is something my mom has been waiting for as well, so you know I had to tell her. Ha….. and now, I’m sharing it with all of you. Enjoy! I know I WILL.
I had to giggle because on November 1st, I was in my car listening to 1003. (SHE) – and the DJ at that moment “J”, played a Christmas song at 4:30 PM. I thought he was just being funny because
but, the next DJ said something about hoping “J” didn’t get in trouble too bad. They made it sound funny because this DJ “J” – had his wife and his boss calling in telling him it’s way too early to play Christmas music, asking what the heck he was doing, telling him to stop – and when he told his boss, “you should see all the people calling and texting in loving it”, his boss yells, “I CAN’T SEE! YOU LOCKED THE STUDIO DOOR!”. Lmfao. Four straight hours that day – I listened to all Christmas music this DJ was playing. If he really did get in trouble for it, such a shame because it put me – and many other listeners in great mood. I can’t wait for tomorrow when 93.9 plays Christmas music every day – all day. I always look forward to when the switch on the “HOLIDAY LITE”, as they call it. That being said, many stores are starting to decorate as well. Many cities are preparing for their holiday tree lighting fests, Black Friday events and more. Let the 2019 Holiday season begin…… 🙂
Let’s back track for a moment… and talk about Halloween. Ugh!
If you live in Chicago or the suburbs, and battled the snow to take your kids Trick-Or-Treating, YOU’RE AWESOME! Trust me when I say – I totally mean that!!!!
As a parent myself of two younger kids who are still TRICK-OR-TREATING ages (11 and 2) – I was so excited to take them out Trick-Or-Treating – UNTIL – I saw the weather. It was snowing that morning and afternoon. The wind was blowing for a bit and it was freezing outside. No! I did not want to take them out after I saw that. I did NOT want to leave the nice warm house or get out from under my nice warm blankets… but I DID! A few parents around my neighborhood did. Not many though. Listen, if you’re a parent and you decided just to go to the store and grab your kids a huge bag of candy, and stay warm indoors – I totally understand. I was about to do the same dang thing. LOL! For those who bundled themselves and their kids up with layers over their costumes and braved the cold in snow boots, or hats and gloves (all 3), GOD BLESS !!!! I was out there with you! 🙂
So, as you know – it was pretty cold out there on Halloween. I took this photo as we walked out of the house.
I’ve read that we haven’t had snow on Halloween since 1988. I was only 6 back then. I’m not sure if my parents’ took me TRICK-OR-TREATING in the snow that year or not, but I was NOT going to keep my kids in the house just because of a little winter weather and snow. My little guy was a POWER RANGER, and he made sure people knew what he was as well. He told everyone he came across. lmfao. He flexed his costume muscles, and all. 🙂
My 11 – year old (KaiLani) was a killer cat. She has a plastic meat cleaver, but because it was so cold outside, she left it in the car – and left her cat ears at home.
We walked out of the house and went to literally – 3 houses, before I felt it was way too cold for the kids, and decided to put them in the car and take them to my brother’s house. He said his wife had baggies for the kids with candy in it. They’re the parents who just brought candy for my nephew and stayed home. I don’t blame them! After seeing them, we left there and I decided (what the heck)? We went to the suburbs where they usually give the GOOD CANDY, and I let my kids TRICK-OR-TREAT there. There was NO KIDS out at ALL – and my kids only had to go two blocks before their buckets were already filled. It was nice. We were only out there for less than 30 minutes and they got all the candy they needed. Many suburbs canceled Halloween until Saturday. We live in Chicago – where if it’s for something FREE – we’re not canceling ANYTHING. LMAO! There were a few kids out in Chicago, but NOBODY in the suburbs. Halloween WAS good this year. We froze our toes, but it was good.
I also haven’t been to a HAUNTED HOUSE in years. Not since the last time I went with my brother and had a bad experience. I hate clowns. I’m so scared of clowns, and that year I went with my brother, I had a clown in my face. When I went around him to get away from him, he chased me. I know that’s the whole point of the haunted house, but that experience kind of traumatized me. Pppppfffttt…. he’s lucky he didn’t get punched. lmao…. so, going to a Haunted house hasn’t been my thing ever since. Wednesday, I guess you could say I had a date? If you want to call it that. I’m not saying with who or going into details, but there was a man who asked me to go with him, and I didn’t mind. I was scared, and my mouth told him, “I’d love that. I think it would be fun. I know you love them, and you haven’t been there in years – so even if I had a bad experience – I’d love to go with you”. My mind was more like, “A HAUNTED HOUSE, COOKIE?! REALLY? What did you just agree to?”. ha….
I had fun and I’m happy I went though. I had such a good time. He went in front of me, held my hands and peeped around the corners so whatever was about to jump out – got him instead of me. 🙂 I still had a few good scares because some of those people skipped him and scared the heck out of me, but it was still a lot of fun. We went to (BASEMENT OF THE DEAD) in Aurora, IL. I totally recommend it! Each night, they had THEME NIGHT. The night we went, it was HELL night. It gave you the impression you were really in HELL – and it was NOT a good site. My first thought was, “I’m going to be so good when I get out of here – so when I die – I go to Heaven because if this is what HELL is like – No, thanks!”. lmfao. I was also followed by a guy dressed as the Devil – as he yelled, “Ppppprrraaayyyy to me”, and got in my face. He followed me for a few feet before turning and finding his next victim to scare. 🙂 I jumped sky high when some chick ran up on me from no where and started screaming, “COME PLAY WITH ME”, like a Psycho – over and over again. I did have to giggle when there was a moving NUN hanging from the ceiling, and we didn’t know if it was a prop – or a real person hanging up there. The guy behind me told the nun to come down if she’s real. His friend says, “DON’T CHALLNEGE IT!”. I was so happy when I saw the EXIT sign after many twists and turns and minutes of being in there. My next though, “I actually made it!”.
I was wrong!
That wasn’t the exit for the haunted house. It was just an exit sign that happened to be there – because the haunted house kept going and going. More twists, turns and scares. When we DID finally make it outside again – the date asked if I had fun. I did. I actually did. 🙂 I told him I was happy I made it through – and I thought we were going to the car and that was it. Nope! We were guided to another small building with another line – and handed 3D glasses and a small flashlight. Everyone got those. I was confused, but I guess you get two haunted houses for the price of one. This one – was almost like a scary clown fun maze – in 3D! If you could only see my face and read my thoughts seeing all these clowns and the darkness inside… LMAO.
At one point, with the glasses on, they had this wall – that I know I seen a clown through – where it looked like clear glass. When we turned the corner, she was gone. There was nobody there, and it didn’t look like there was anywhere she could hide from us. I told Mr. “date” too – “there’s a clown behind that wall”. I’m pretty sure she heard me and that’s why she ran up on me as soon as we past her, and continued to laugh this creepy laugh in my face. She saw I was hesitate to turn that corner, and she used it to her advantage. lmfao. She was good – I’ll give her that. Scared the heck out of me!!!! I would totally return to this haunted house. It was well set up – well ran – professionally fun and spooky, and the actors were amazing. The actors outside who entertain people waiting in line – were a lot of fun as well. They take photos with you, make you laugh, scare you, dance to the music the DJ plays – and the DJ – he was fantastic! I got his information if anyone needs it for a birthday party, wedding, etc. Maybe your own Halloween party? Lemme know….. I’ll share it with you! He does NOT dress in costume unless it’s requested – as his card says. I ALSO giggled when some guy asked a clown how much the BASEMENT OF THE DEAD hoodies were, and the clown says, “If ya gotta ask – ya can’t afford it!”. 🙂 Maybe this guy got me over my fear of Haunted houses – MAYBE!!! I don’t know fully yet. lol….
It was fun!
Let me share a few more photos from Halloween 2019.
That 2nd photo – is my oldest daughter, Tiffanie. She lives in Minnesota with her girlfriend, currently. I asked her if she was going TRICK-OR-TREATING, and she made me laugh when she told me, “Of course. Free Candy, duh!”. My brother asked her the same question, and she told him “Yes! I want free candy”. We’ve been wanting her to move back to Chicago. She loves Minnesota, but she’s having a hard time out there now – and she knows my door is always open if she wants to come back. My brother that night – joked that since my oldest daughter loves free candy so much, and we know she’s struggling in Minnesota, we should rent a big White van, spray paint (FREE CANDY) on the side, have her come to the van, and we’ll kidnap her and bring her back. lmfao.
Yes! Halloween was nice. My oldest son hung out with his friends. He didn’t do much this year, and he didn’t dress up.
So now that Halloween is over, we get into the holiday season – as I try to get my living room in order, and get the tree up – as well as begin to figure out where to start Christmas shopping. Oh man!
Let me share a funny story about my car – HECTOR!
I got Hector a few weeks ago as many of you know. I get goofy and name my cars. I giggled when a friendly of mine told me that cars are GIRLS, not BOYS! 🙂 I told her, “Not this car! This one is a boy. The last two cars I considered girls and gave girl names to – I got into accidents with. Some idiots hit my cars”, so this one is a BOY! Hector to be exact – as I said. lmao…. the night I got Hector, I took him (and my kids) – for a ride through the country because that’s one thing I LOVE to do. We got snacks, loaded Hector up, and went for a long drive. That night, I heard a weird gurgling noise in the dashboard area, but I didn’t really pay attention to it. I read somewhere online that it could be the coolants flowing through, and that it’s normal, so I left it alone. I heard it over the next few days as well. The ride through the country was nice. Hector drove smoothly, and my kids enjoyed getting out into the middle of nowhere. We came across a big red abandoned farmhouse, and my son asked me to stop so he could take a picture. I told him I was going to use my phone flashlight to go inside and check out the building. I’m interesting in things like that. I love abandoned houses, buildings, farmhouses – etc. I think they’re pretty cool and always want to know the history behind them, or why they’re abandoned. I love finding out who owned it, where they are now, etc. etc. etc. My son screamed at me that night. lmfao. He yelled, “MOM, NO! If you get dragged in by something, I’m not coming in. I’m taking the car and the kids and taking off! You ever notice that any time white people go check out abandoned places, they end up missing? That’s why Us Hispanics take a picture from far away, and keep it moving!”. LOL! He had me laughing so hard…. I did NOT intend to go check out this farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, especially because it was pitch black and nobody was around, but I gave him a good scare thinking I was.
So any way – the drive in the country was nice the night I got Hector. He was great.
Then – the following Thursday happened! I was pulling out of a parking lot, carefully went over three lanes to the left to make a left-hand turn, and as soon as I did, I noticed a cop following me over all three lanes. Let’s talk about that first, and I’ll get back to Hector being a bad boy! ha….
As soon as I saw that cop following me over all 3 lanes to the left, I already knew I was probably about to get stopped. For what – I had NO idea because I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I swear, the suburban cops have my picture taped to their dashboards and every time they see me in a new car, they must be like, “Yeah, that’s her. Got to stop her and check it out!”. (totally joking) – lmao….but seriously, it seems like only in the suburbs do I ever get stopped. So – I make my left-hand turn and sure enough, he follows, and there goes his lights. I pull over, and he pulls up behind me. He gets out of the car, looking like this tall, sexy beast. LOL! I’m so silly, I know….. 🙂 If you can make a cop laugh, you have a chance of getting out of a ticket. I still had no idea what I did wrong, but when he walked over to my car, I already had my license and insurance hanging out the window. He laughed and says, “Oh my! You have everything all ready for me. I see this isn’t your first rodeo”.
That’s exactly what I told him. I sure did – LOL. I told him before I hand him my license and insurance, I want to know why I’m being stopped. By the way, the cop – looked almost like the one in that memes. 🙂 He was adorable. ha…. any way, he says “You have your phone in your hand. You were texting and driving. There’s a new law out against that and the fines are very high. Cops everywhere are cracking down on that kind of thing. You can’t have your cell in your hand – or any devices – while driving”. All he had to say was that I had my phone in my hand and he thought I was texting and driving. He went into the entire new law rule book! lmao… I told him I was NOT texting and driving, and that I was pulling up the maps for directions to where I had to go. I showed him MAPS pulled up on my phone, and he gave me this look. Kind of like he knew I was proving him wrong, and he didn’t know what to say next. lol – but then he says, “I don’t let people go for having their phones in their hands. I don’t care what it’s being used for. It was in your hands”. I had to think of something fast and get cute. I told him in my cutest voice, “I don’t want a ticket. I have kids and Christmas is coming. I have to spend all my money on gifts”. He laughed! 🙂 He takes my information (license and insurance) – and says, “let me go check you out real quick. I’ll be right back”.
He comes back quick, hands me my license and insurance, and tells me, “Normally – I don’t give anyone a break, but you said you have kids – and I know this time of year is hard on parents, so I’m going to let you go with a warning. The next cop might not be so nice, so don’t let anyone see you with your phone in your hands behind the wheel again”. I promised him I wouldn’t hold my phone while driving anymore, thanked him -and went on my way.
I swear – that cop had to jinx me, or Hector didn’t like him or something. Hector got jealous I was talking to another man. lmfao…. kidding, kidding – but right after that, Hector started acting up. My beautiful car started giving me problems. I tried to accelerate, but couldn’t. The dashboard warning light came on and it said, “Engine speed reduced”, and the check engine light came on. I was so mad. I just got that car – so I pulled over, shut the car off, waited a few moments, turned it back on – and it was fine. The check engine light was still on, so I drove it to Pep Boys. There’s one Pep boys I always go to, and they know me there, so if anyone could help me or fix the issue – I knew they would. However, when I walked in, it was some guy I had never seen before – behind the counter. I’m guessing he’s new. I told him the issue and what happened, and he ran out to hook up the little machine and pull some codes. He comes back in and tells me it’s the “THROTTLE BODY”. He said they can’t fix that there, and the car had to go back to the dealer.
I know the basics of cars, but WHAT THE HECK IS THE THROTTLE BODY? So, I was pretty irritated it had to go back to the dealer. I took it the same day, let the service Advisor know what was going on, and he says right away, “It’s NOT going to be the Throttle body”. I told him what Pep boys said, and he tells me that PEP BOYS, AUTO ZONE – etc. doesn’t have the $2,500 machines that pin point the true problems. Their little machines just lead dealers or car shops in the right directions with codes. At this dealer, the tech pulled my car in right away to pin point the issue, and they found several more. Now, in all fairness, it IS a USED car. I joked that since I was at the dealer any way, may as well just give me a BRAND NEW car. The service advisor laughed and says, “Yeah, if ONLY it was that easy”. Hey – worth a shot! LOL.
He led me to the waiting area, and when he came back an hour later – he told me the Accel pedal had been changed, and all the codes reset so the acceleration issue, and the check engine light were taken care of under warranty. For some reason, I was sent to another Chevy dealer to have the other issues taken care of. I need a new cable for the battery (or something), because the one I have no is doing damage to the actual battery, but since it’s testing good still – they don’t need to do anything with it. I’m still waiting for the dealer to call me and let me know the cable is in, so I can go back and have that done. The 2nd dealer filled the coolant (which was the reason for the gurgling noise) – and they did some kind of pressure test, and test drove it. I sat in that dealer for literally 4 hours! I was NOT happy….
I had three cups of Hot chocolate as I waited. 2 cups of Coffee (free thankfully). Checked out their hoodies/hats and car things shop – THREE TIMES. I switched waiting rooms twice (there’s two). I checked on my car (which sat outside waiting for approval for 2 hours), I called the approval department myself twice. I read 5 magazines, watched 8 episodes of PAWN STARS (MAY I ADD how much I dislike that show?) – I watched people come in and out of the waiting rooms as they were told their cars were ready, and I sat there for hours doing nothing because my phone also died. 😦 I was so bored, and annoyed. When I found out I had to come back for the cable – I was also not happy. I thought they were taking care of everything, but – they said they had to order the cable. I am grateful these problems were caught early before they did more damage – and I was happy that Hector was back to normal. 🙂 And – that I didn’t have to pay for any repairs. They knew they were wrong giving me that car like that. It runs smooth again, and – I STILL LOVE HECTOR! All is good now, and we’re just waiting on that cable. I also had to laugh because when I first posted this photo of Hector –
A friend of mine joked that I’m always switching cars, or getting new ones – and said that eventually, I’d get tired of Hector, stop taking care of him, give him problems and trade him up. I joked with this friend and told him, “It sounds like you’ve been scorned by a woman, and suddenly, we’re not talking about a car anymore”. He replied, “Yes. Come over. I have wine. I’ll tell you all about it”. That Thursday, when Hector gave me problems and I was sitting at the dealer before my phone died, I told him “Looks like I’m not the one giving Hector problems” – and I explained what was going on. Hector has been good to me though, and I’m happy I picked this car. I do plan to keep him for a long time – that is – until my Elijah is maybe about 8 or 9 – and old enough to ride in a pick up with me. LMAO. I’ve always wanted a pick up truck with a lift kit. 🙂 One day. One day.
Any way, so – just some updates. Everything is good on my side. Besides the race to getting the tree up, the living room prepared for it, Christmas shopping, and so on – everything is good. God is good. I’m blessed. I don’t have a maid, or a chef, or a assistant yet – lmfao, but life is good. I have my health for the most part. My kids are healthy and happy, and things are well. The teacher’s strike is finally over as many Chicago parents were getting aggravated. The kids are back in school, and I fully supported the strike! I think teachers deserved what they were asking for. Sadly, kids will have to make up 5 out of 11 days lost, but hey – so what?
I honestly don’t think they were asking for much – and they were pretty much advocating for the students as well. I agree with smaller classes and more staff especially! And – having so many un-used classrooms, why not? We can fund so many stupid things, but not pay teachers and educators more, and not hire more staff? I don’t think so! I agreed with the strike and everything it stood for. I am happy it’s over though.
It did affect play-off’s and that upset me. My son’s high school’s Football team was affected, and he played. My daughter’s Volleyball games she was supposed to play in at the high school were canceled, the Halloween party they have every year at my daughter’s school didn’t happen – so it was both good and bad when this strike took place. Either way, I think we’re all just happy it’s over and teachers got a fair contract, and what they asked for.
In other news, my 16 year old decided he wants to make our enclosed back porch HIS NEW ROOM. There are several reasons I don’t feel like that’s a good idea. My brother had me laughing when he says, “Yeah, it’s easier for him to sneak out at night if he’s back there”. LMAO Thankfully – my son is a good kid and has NEVER snuck out of the house. He knows better!!! One of his biggest reasons for wanting to move his room to the enclosed porch – is because he wants his friends over, and he feels like there’s more privacy back there. There’s also 4 huge windows (that I’ve taken sun rise / sun set) photos from many times, and I love watching the sun rises back there. It was supposed to be my little “she space” – for writing my book I’m STILL working on – AND for crafting or whatever I needed to do. My little quiet time space. I was then going to make it a game room. A place with a nice couch, a card table, a T.V. for when teams play (Cubs, Steelers, Bears, Hawks, etc) just a place to play cards, watch games, play board games, hang out – have fun. I didn’t do either, so my son cleaned it out last week and announced he’d like to move his room back there. He even told me where he’d put his bed, dressers, etc. I was against it for certain reasons, and we debated on it. I then agreed to give it a TRIAL RUN! We’ll see. I plan to make his room – mine. The one he has now will become my room, and it has a nice closet space. The room I have now -will become KaiLani and Eli’s room – shared. I plan to get KaiLani a new bed, get Eli a new toddler bed, hook them up with a small T.V. in there, and rearrange everything. There’s a bigger closet in that room, and they have so many clothes – so it will be nice for them. We’re switching everything around and I’ll take BEFORE/AFTER photos. 🙂 I just can’t wait until it’s all done.
I really have nothing more to talk about today. Don’t forget to listen to 93.9 today as they switch from regular music to the HOLIDAY LITE at 4 PM. 🙂
Everything else is well. Frankie (the 16 year old), may have a job! We’ll see… he applied today and I’m so excited for him to be getting his first. As my two teenagers get older, I’m not ready for them to be so independent, but I am happy they want to be. My oldest daughter just got a tattoo recently (her first), and I was shocked, so unprepared because it made me realize she’s 19, no longer needs my permission for many things, and she’s growing way too fast. It is a pretty cool tat though. Across her forearm, it says, “Throw me to the wolves, and I’ll return leading the pack”. I think that’s pretty cool and she’s always been a leader, so It fits her. 🙂 Now my oldest son is arguing with me about wanting a tattoo and me signing for it. No! No! And in case he didn’t hear me – NO! LOL. He doesn’t want anything crazy. He wants a tattoo across his forearm that says, “Family First”, and he showed me the design. It does look nice and my son is a huge family person! He loves his family like crazy, and if someone messes with his family – he’s the first to jump in and let people know they better back down. I’ve talked to some people about this and they’ve told me, “there are worse things your son can do than get a tattoo”, and they’re so right! I just don’t feel like 17 is the time to get a TEEN a tattoo. He wants it for his birthday next year (January 2020). I told him we’ll discuss it in January. I don’t want him getting a tattoo at all, but he is a good kid and he doesn’t give me trouble. He’s helpful, and kind and Okay – maybe there are worse things he could do – but I guess that’s just my take on a tattoo at 17. I know there are teens who do get it with permission, but I’m just not ready to sign for something like that. He always brings up the fact that I signed for his 17 year old sister (when my oldest daughter was 17) – to get her tongue pierced, and he asks me what the difference is between that and signing for a tattoo – and he has a point, but still.
That’s all he wants for his birthday – the tattoo. Lord, help me. I’m not prepared for my kids to get older. He used to want cars, birthday cakes, to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese – and now he’s almost 17 and wants a TATTOO!!!!
You have no idea how much I miss my older kids being little! 😦 Time is going by way too fast….
Any way loves – I need to get out of here. I have to finish laundry, and get some stuff done before starting my night tonight. I love all of you – and so on – so check back often – as I plan to rearrange the entire apartment – decide on getting my son that tattoo or not, and have a really amazing and fun adventure this month hopefully – with my mother as I take her on a little surprise road trip she’s going to love!! Check back for all of that.
You all have a great week – and until next time,
Peace – love – happiness.
Carli (Cookie) 🙂
Update:. Wrote this yesterday and totally forgot to post that there was a new post up. LOL Christmas music is already playing on the radio and I’m loving it. They did a countdown and it was great. My daughter was there and laughed when they acted like Santa was flipping the switch to the holiday music and someone yelled playfully, “Wrong switch Santa”. 😁 Happy holidays!!!!