Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Five: Zoo, Virtual Reality and Big Wine

Emmy Mom

     I am linking up with my bestie (again) because Emmy will get me blogging again. Today is Friday Five where we share five thoughts and five pictures. That's easy right?  Well then, let's get this rodeo started.

1.  We went to the zoo. It was for Emily's birthday. Originally she wanted Disneyland, but that was way out of our budget. Thankfully when I mentioned the zoo her eyes lit up and we bought (through the military) season passes and we can go back. It covers the regular zoo and the safari park. Good investment.

2.  I learned about a new cooking show. Worst Cooks in America. Oh my goodness this show is hilarious. For me, not knowing how to cook--and these people do not know how to cook it is sad--is a foreign and unknown concept. How can a person not know how to cook?  One person actually sent her spouse to the ER because she didn't realize you could not leave food out all day. All right, my mom worked in a hospital so I got all kinds of food pro tips, but come on that one seems pretty easy.
Can you cook? What is the extent of your knowledge?

3.  I made a discovery today. My brand new belt which I bought to hold up my shorts/jeans that are loose but not too loose is now too big even on the smallest notch. I need to add notches! Go me! 33 pounds down and counting! I am such a LOSER! hahahaha.

4.  My week overall has been mostly uneventful...this is a good thing.

5.  The 4th of July I did a 5K with my church and made a nice BBQ dinner and stayed home. No fireworks for us. We watched all of the Back to the Future movies on Netflix instead. It was great!

Picture time.

One of many zoo pictures. I had fun.

Ryan did this pose on his own. I love this kid.

I played monopoly against Kristin. She said I would lose. She was wrong.
I do not drink, but I have friends who do. This struck me as very funny.
Ryan got to try virtual reality. He really liked it.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Charlie Brown

The Peanuts Gang is quite possibly the most iconic pop culture group of kids after The Little Rascals, and I am talking about the original ones not the movie that was made. Raise your hand if you remember them! Yes, I am too young for The Little Rascals (in their original run) but I know who they are because of syndication. What a ridiculous show about the battle of the sexes between little boys and little girls. However, this post is about The Peanuts Gang. 

     I was thinking about good old Charlie Brown the other day. I remember how much I could relate to him as a child. He is so disregarded and yet filled with hope. I sure felt picked on. I never had my head drawn on for what a pumpkin should look like, but probably faced some similar humiliation in my time. Haven't we all at some point or another been just like Charlie Brown? I believe I even landed more than one kite in a tree.  

     Charlie Brown is insecure and full of anxiety, which is why I can relate to him so much. Despite his insecurities and anxieties he keeps going. He always tries to kick the ball. He went ahead and bought the sad Christmas tree because it touched his heart and felt like what Christmas really meant. 

     The next most relatable character for me is Lucy. What a crabapple she can be, but let's be honest who here hasn't had a cranky day. 

Lucy isn't just crabby though. She can be kind of...well...she is bossy or she can be thought of as the quintessential mean girl. Think about it for a second. Yes, she gives advice (usually to Charlie Brown) but she charges him for it. And like most older siblings she uses her overbearing personality to push her little brother around. 

After Lucy and Charlie Brown, I found my comfort with Peppermint Patty. She was is so cool. She didn't care what anybody said or did. She was fierce, and she was good at baseball. I wanted to be cool and fierce like her, and I was really good at softball. 

How about Linus? Linus with his blanket and deep thoughts. I always admired this character. He is deep and seems to be the one that keeps the group grounded. Are you that person in your circle? I'm not. I wish I was. To be so thoughtful and insightful. I used to think no kid is that insightful. I am amazed at how insightful kids can be. It isn't any wonder that the Linuses of the world keep us grounded and thinking on that spiritual plane.

Schroder. Lucy's cursh. He has no clue whatsoever. By today's standard that kid would likely be labeled as Autistic. Please do not send me hate. My own daughter is in the spectrum. Let's think about it. He is a child prodigy who is an absolute genius on the piano. He rarely, if ever talks to anyone and especially not Lucy. When he does communicate with her it is about his passion, the classic piano and his favorite of all Beethoven. I just enjoyed watching Lucy spend countless hours throwing herself at Schroder when he clearly had no designs on her. It made me the mean girl I guess.

Sally Brown.  The little sibling to our anit-hero. She gushed over Linus. She was going to marry him. I say she did. I think secretly Linus likes the attention, but being a little boy he is too embarrassed to admit it, plus he doesn't want Charlie Brown to know because that's his little sister after all. Sally Brown was the first official fan girl.

Then of course, there is Snoopy. Charlie Brown's best friend. Lucy's nemesis. And Peppermint Patty's crush because apparently when a dog walks upright, it is hard to tell if it is human or not. Maybe she needed glasses more than Marcie. Snoopy was good at everything; everything except being a dog. Think about it. Snoopy is more human than canine. He writes, has adventures as the WWI flying ace, cooks full thanksgiving dinners, he is afraid of cats, his best friend is a bird;about the only thing dog-like he does is eat bones and dog food(occasionally.) No matter what you think Snoopy is, he is the coolest dog out there, and at the end of the day he is Charlie Brown's dog. 

My mother told me that as a child I reminded her of Pigpen because I carried a cloud dust with me wherever I went. Pigpen was another one of those great characters who didn't seem all that interested in the opinions of others. He was proud of his dirt.

For me the most relatable and lovable character is Charlie Brown because he never gives up, he hates no one, and all this despite overwhelming social anxieties and fears. I relate more to Lucy as an adult because as a mother I get cranky faster and I do tend to get bossy. I don't even have to give FIVE reasons for the kids to do things, I can do it with a look. Beat that Lucy. Though I bet adult Lucy could easily do so. 

Who do you identify with? Are you a Lucy? A Charlie Brown? Maybe you are a Snoopy. Or are you a Pigpen?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Five Things: If One Person Can Get Me Blogging...

If anyone can get me blogging again, it will be Emmy! Yes, you will. It will happen. Stop shaking your head, woman! Today is Friday Five with Emmy and that is where you share five thoughts and five pictures. Okay this could be interesting...

1.  Summer vacay so far has been mostly uneventful. No major dramas--knock wood. Ryan and Rich did Cub Camp and the weather was fantastic! The weather overall here has been HOT! He and Rich both had a good time.

2.  Rich's brother and sister-in-law and daughter came to CA for a visit. Their visit was short but we were happy to spend time with them just the same.

3. My sweet Emily turned 16! I just can't believe it. She had such a rough beginning born three weeks early and not breathing! YOu would never know it. She is a brilliant artist and incredibly sweet and funny.

4.  I am continuing on with college. It's hard! I will not quit. I am going for the finish! Sometimes I think about going for a Masters Degree, but I shudder at the extra school! Sigh.

5. I want a million dollars....wait...let's make it Ten Billion. I mean if I am going to be greedy let's do it right! 

Picture time!

1. I Snapchat! And one of the things I snapchat is when I watch Supernatural. Why? Because that show is as hilarious as it is serious. Yesterday, I discovered an Easter Egg. Forest wallpaper when they were dealing with fairies. Yes, fairies. 

Homemade cookies because...cookies.
Grocery shopping and cringing at the upcoming total.
Ummm...Come on....admit want this!!

Ryan and his friend.  Selfie and such a good job!

When will I blog next???  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ten Things to Smile About

Yes, I know it has been far too long. It may be a long time again, but here I am linking up with my bestie, Emmy.

Emmy Mom

1. This kid and his silly ways always make me smile everyday of the year.

2. Trying on a Medium shirt and having it fit!

3. Seeing this shirt at a thrift store and finding it oddly amusing.

4. This sweet girl being abundantly pleased with her birthday cake

5. Spending time with family even if it was short.

6. An impromptu one shot "photo shoot" for Father's Day

7. When my mom and I dressed alike without even trying. It happens a lot.

8. When Ryan invited his Dad to talk at Scouts as a hero. Just look at that face!
9. In a moment of weakness, Spencer put an arm over his brother.

10. I am actually on the fence about this one. But he sure is a happy kid.

That is what made me smile this month. What made you smile?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Five: Sick, Sponges, and Trains

Emmy Mom

It is Friday and you know what that means!!  I am linking up with Emmy again. 

1. It's been a rough week. I got sick. I woke up in the night with a wicked tickle in my throat. I tried to ignore it. I laid low. I went to bed early. ( would think I should do that anyway!) but it was too late. Now I am just hoping the cold goes away and doesn't turn ugly.

2.  I am almost done with my math class. I have a low C which I can possibly boost to a C+. Trust me when I say this is perfectly acceptable for me. Math has never been my strong suit. I will be ecstatic if I can pass and be done with math for good! 

3.  Kristin is working! Someone in our church needed someone to spend nights with their mom who recently fell and broke her foot and dislocated her shoulder. This woman is 99. Yes, you read that right...99. She is a pistol! Kristin stays with her over night in case she needs to get up to go to the bathroom.  

4.  Yesterday there was a big black cat in our yard. We lost a black kitty about 5 years ago. I slowly approached this cat just wondering. Well it wasn't ours but it was a very friendly kitty and wanted to adopt me right then and there. My two present kitties watched from inside the house in complete shock and horror that I would betray them in such a way. 

5.  The Oscars are this weekend. I haven't decided yet if I am going to watch. I have always watched. However, this year there is so much griping and bad politics that I feel the fun, glamour, and the real climb to excellence has been slighted. 

I feel so much better than this. Though I do wish my sinuses would clear.

I missed the Blue and Gold dinner since I was sick. 

Ryan was revisiting some old childhood friends
My "friend." 
This sponge caused a lot of excitement. My mom and I both buy this brand, and after weeks of it being out we were thrilled to see it back in stock. Yeah, we need to get out more.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Five: A+B=C

Emmy Mom

Friday is here! Some weeks just drag on and on! I am so thankful Emmy's weekly meme to keep me in check, but to also help me write at least once a week. I thought I had been slacking lately, but honestly I am not. Here's the deal...A+B=C....

1.  A+B=C  I am taking an intermediate math course right now and it consuming my time and energy. Not to mention it is plaguing me with doubt and anxiety. If I could hire a tutor I would, but that is not an option. Don't feel sorry me. Pray for me, send good vibes or whatever you want because I need it all!

2.  A+B=C.... I have been told for years by doctors that walking will help my knees. Well, I have been walking and now my left is swollen! It hurts a lot. Where's my happy knee that I was promised!? I feel so lied to! 

3.  A+B=C When you go to your best friend's house, hilarity will ensue! I got to see Emmy again! What a treat that we saw each other twice in a 30 day span! We played a gambit of improv games compliments of Kristin(my oldest) and there was a lot of laughter.

4.  A+B=C... Verizon is the devil, but their service/product is stellar so I am a slave to it. I am still sorting out a huge mess with them regarding payment arrangements and auto-pulls from my bank. What a mess. Don't switch to Verizon. Stay with whatever devil company you already have. They all suck for one reason or another.

5.  A+B=C  We had a full turkey dinner on Valentine's day.  It was a lot of work, but it was oh so yummy. Plus it came in handy for leftovers! 

We played Ticket to Ride...Our Ryan won....Did you know that Kristin's boyfriend is also named, Ryan!?

Miss Alex, Emmy's girl, did the hoola hoop for 6 minutes 16.28seconds! She even read a book!

As I said, we did some improv games. Emmy proposed to Lucas but quickly rejected leaving her in a heap. Kristin came to the rescue!

It is REALLY hard to drink a pop this way! Yes, I tried to.

My brother is getting really good at photoshop. So I sent him a picture of me and told him to work his magic. He said, he didn't do much. Awww. Looks cool though!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five: Slacking, Haircuts, and Diet Coke

Emmy Mom

I have been a bit of slacker this week. No week long migraines, though I did have yesterday. I am in an intermediate math class which I am determined to pass. I DO NOT want to repeat it! I really do not. I digress, I am happy to participate with my bestie Emmy, in her Friday Five meme! 

1.  I had a battle with Verizon...I won. It was short lived. I made a payment arrangement with them that I would pay the bill on a given date. The bill was then paid with a different card, however Verizon took upon themselves to automatically pull the money from the card on file. Unfortunately there was not enough in the account to cover it. This is why we used the other card. As a result, we were also charged $29 for non sufficient funds.To shorten this story we spent about 90 minutes and two disconnects we have been reimbursed. 

2.  This week, Kristin started volunteering in Ryan's class. It will be an interesting experiment for her. I look forward to seeing the results.

3.  Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Is it just another day?  We are having a nice fancy dinner that involves the whole family. As a couple, not so much. Here's the deal, most if not all of our first several Valentine's were sidelined by other things such as: a laparoscopy, moving, duty, deployment, among other things. We just decided it didn't matter. 

4. We have an outdoor kitty. Well...not really, but it sure comes around a lot. We named it. "Tiger." I don't feed it. (yet)   Although my son wants to. Tiger comes and goes, I am not sure if she/he belongs to anyone but she/he seems fairly healthy.  She/he cannot come in though. Spencer would be too butthurt.

5. It is a 4 day weekend. This is good and bad. Extra days to sleep in, and extra days of "I'm bored!" It's a mixed good/bad. We shall see. 

Okay so it is two in one...but we will count it as one.  I decorate my antenna with ribbon. I can find my car easier that way! haha. Emily got her hair colored. She went dark. It makes her eyes pop, and her freckles! hehe.

Finally Coke got it right! I don't share!
This actually came from my Snapchat. We had fun making it.
Remember last week when it ws 77? Yeah...this was Monday.
A new to me shirt! I love our thrift store.