Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Eavesdropping

I had an appointment with the dermatologist yesterday.  Yeah, I live in CA so I get to have all the perks.  No, nothing that glamorous.  I have a
lovely mole on the side of my nose.  We had to make sure it wasn't pre-cancerous.  How glamorous is that?  It's not.  It's just a mole that I hate.  It won't kill me, or cause damage.  It will just bug me.  Stupid mole.  I digress.

The first part of this appointment was a 30 minute seminar.  We all learned about the different types of moles and what to look out for.  Okay, first of all, if I had any of the unsightly moles I saw in those pictures, I would not hesitate to go to the doctor.  But that is just me.

After the seminar, we all waited to be seen.  Their were less than 10 people, but even so he did get to every one in a timely manner.  This is where my eavesdropping comes in.  During the seminar, the doctor talked about creams, yes creams that they are now using for mole removal for certain kinds of moles.  I can't possibly tell you what type of moles.  If you have a mystery mole that looks odd, go to the doctor.  There are two creams they use together.  One is to kill the mole in question, it does however cause a burning sensation and can be painful, but it leaves no scarring.  The other cream is a vitamin A cream that basically rejuvenates the skin.  I get to use that!  It's a bit costly, but you can get it at either the Wal-mart pharmacy or Costco for the cheapest price.  One man in the waiting room was talking to a woman about Wal-mart.  I am a nosy person.  I listened.

According to him, Wal-Mart is evil.  Wal-mart will squash the mom and pop shops. Sure everything is cheap in there.  Nobody can compete with that. Sure they can.  ANYBODY can compete with good prices. He continued with the reason why things are so cheap there is because Wal-Mart gets everything from CHINA, and other such places:  Malaysia, Indonesia.  Well he has a point there, however, American made, while superior in quality is also far more expensive. He went on to say that they buy up land and property to build their stores.  Then the city will give them a tax break for five years.  Then, apparently they pack it up after 4 years--to evade taxes-- and move on.  Well, hmmmm...I lived in VA for six years and there were two of those evil stores close to my home...for the entire time.  And it didn't seem like they were going anywhere.  He said, sometimes it is tempting to go in there because the prices are so great, but he just couldn't do it, because and I quote, "I would feel like I was giving up my soul."  Yes, he said that.  More than once.  Three or for times I might add.

Look, I don't care if Wal-mart is evil.  I don't even care if half the employees have no clue what you are talking about when you ask where something is.   The fact is they have good prices.  Don't like them?  Then don't shop there.  But don't make a stink about the people who do.  And by the way, I was just there on Wednesday.  I got out of there only spending $50.  See, I don't think they're evil...but I do have a love-hate relationship with them!

Is Wal-Mart evil?  Do you think you're trading your soul for shopping there? 

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Pictures of the day

This is my little piece of Fall.  It is my tree. Taken Nov. 14, 2009
 
Here is my tree as of yesterday.

And for those of you who were wondering...yes those pancakes were in fact BLUE. I always color my pancakes.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book Review



There is always that one book that your little sweetie absolutely adores.  The one that they wear out because they want it read to them day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.  We have one such book.  It's actually beautifully illustrated.  I have had it since Kristin was a baby.  It was never one of her favorites.  I kept it.  Why?  Well, it is educational. The "Things that go" page is filled with cars, trains, plains, and all things that...go!  There is an animal page, food page, sweet treat page, clothing page.  It's not a story.  I am not thrilled with explaining page after page of what everything is.  I find it tiresome.  The plot is weak and the characters are too one dimensional.  Emily never cared for it either, but I did use it with her more for speech purposes.  

Then along came Ryan.  He is different.  Man how he is different.  Boys just are.  He loves this silly book.  He wants it for his story.  But dude, it's NOT a story!  It is a book with a bunch of pictures.  Yeah, I know it teaches him what things are. Blah Blah Blah!  It's bright.  Pictures are fun.  But it's soooooooooo b...o...r...i...n...g...!  And yet, I "read"  the book to him.  Why?  Because it is part of being a mom.  I have even considered hiding this book in an attempt to claim it has gone missing.  

I have my own favorites which include:  Brown Bear Brown Bear,  Good Night Moon, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  These books are cute and fun to read.  When I was growing up my favorite in the world was:  The Monster At The End Of This Book!  Starring furry, loveable old Grover!  My mom read that one to me millions of times.  I loved how she read it.  I am sure she grew tired of it, but she still read it to me.  Whether she liked or not.

This review was inspired by Mama Kat.  If you want to play along, go and check her blog.   

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Picture of the Day

One of my Christmas presents from Rich.  A griddle.  Yes, I love it!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Mother's Voice

Every once in a while when I am speaking, I swear it is my mother's voice coming out of MY mouth. How else can I explain some of the things I say? The things I was never going to say. The things I hated to hear. The things I have long forgotten have somehow crept back to the surface!

Yesterday I caved in graciously let Kristin have a sleepover. I hardly ever have my extras anymore so a sleepover was not completely out of the question. They were noisy and giggly as 12 year old girls should be. Ryan chased them around giggling right along with them and Emily was part of the play as well; happily. It was a lot to take in. It really has been a while since I had any other kids in the house. You forget. And somehow, your own kids noise is easier to block out. My husband once asked me, "How can you stand all that noise?" I looked up at him and said, "What noise?" I wasn't being sarcastic. I honestly didn't know what he meant. Then I heard them, running, giggling, squealing. "Oh." I shrugged. Any mother knows, those sounds generally get lost in the shuffle. It's the screams and cries of pain that we hear.

There was a request to go to the mall. I remember those days. I remember how badly I always wanted to go. What I don't remember is why. I usually didn't have any money. My mom says it is because I was there with friends. I can see that, I guess. But I honestly don't remember what the big attraction was. I do remember whining and begging about my mom taking me there. Usually when she got home from work...like the very second she walked in the door. I get it now. And I don't even work. I also would ask at night. She would almost always say no...she couldn't see well at night. What? There are street lights, the cars have headlights. What do you mean you can't see well?
When the request for the mall came to me, it was after dinner. It was dark outside.

"Missy wants to know if we can go to the mall."
"I don't like driving at night."
"How come?"
"Because I don't see well at night." Whoah. Was Mom just channeling me? I really don't see well at night. My perception is lousy. I can't read street signs until I am on top of them, so unless I know exactly where I am going, there is next to no chance of me driving after dark. Yeah, that's right Mom, go ahead and laugh. It finally happened. However, the mall issue was quickly dropped and we decided to play Apples to Apples.

We got this game from Emmy & Eric. I have played it before, but it was years ago and this one is Disney Themed. The best part is, you do not have to be Disney educated to play. I played one game with them and then let them on their own. It was then that the silliness ensued. I remember being silly like that with my BFF. We were random in our silliness. We would roar with laughter. The music is different, the games are sometimes different, but the silliness stays forever the same.

One day Kristin will find that she has her mother's voice. It's a right of passage. One day my voice will remind her of Grandma. That will be a good day.

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Picture of the Day
That's right folks, I had her doing the laundry!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Little Engine That Could


We all know the story of the little engine that could. That big hill and that chant of "I think I can!" Well today I am the little engine that could. I am at the bottom of a great climb and I need to keep telling myself, "I think I can!" I think I can.

Call it Post-Christmas Blues. Call it burn out. Call it whatever you want, cause I've got it. But hey, I got up! I showered. Yes ladies and gentlemen she did shower! And not only that...I used my new smelly soap that smells of raspberries and cream. I am dressed!!! So I have started to climb. I think I can.

I have business phone calls to make(which by the way, I detest!) and mount wahsmore to tackle along with the burning inferno that was once my somewhat presentable home. I know what needs to be done, and I am formulating a plan! I think I can.

I check my email first. Such a geek. And I have some new comments to my post from yesterday. Yay! I love comments! And then I got this from Emmy!
Well that put a smile on my face. Hey! I'm smiling! My spirits are lifting. No nothing is done yet...I haven't figured out to make things do themselves yet. And since I lack Samantha Stephens' magical powers, I guess I am stuck doing things the mortal way! I think I can. Now that I am smiling, I must return the favor...so here it goes....(in no particular order)

1. Jen from Buried with Children simply because I can relate to her on so many levels. Even tho I do not have multiples!

2. Holly from 504 Main. A CA sister who is crafty and witty and I thoroughly enjoy her.

3. A Hermit Mom Because I think we may have been cut from the same cloth. That I think our children are secretly conspiring against us!

4. Lene from Embrace the Chaos. I have an easy life I think compared to hers! And she always has a positive attitude

5. Lee the Hot Flash Queen aka The Ninja Jew! She is pure sass. If you are feint of heart this may not be the blog for you, but I think she is a crack up.

6. Molly from As Told By Molly. She is sweet and has such a beautiful family.

7. CJ from Simply Simonsons she always makes me smile, she a wicked deal finder and her little Shorty is just plain cute!

so here are the rules...unless you are the rebellious type....


1) Add the logo of the award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (as shown above).
3) Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Why So Soon!?


It's January right? I just want to be sure that I didn't sleep through a few months, or that I am in such a frazzled state of being that I missed them entirely. I ask this because on Saturday Jan.2 when I braved going to Wal-Mart, I saw bathing suits on display. Coats are already being marked down. Why so soon!? Is the world ending tomorrow? Is there a bikini shortage I don't know about? I know all about global warming, but this is ridiculous!

On Dec. 28th when my mom and I went shopping, all the Christmas gift isles were replaced with Valentine's Day gifts. What!? Wasn't it Christmas just two days prior!? And isn't New Year's Eve just a few short days away? Why so soon? Did Valentine's Day get moved up? If so, please tell me when it is. Of course Valentine's in our house is somewhat of a joke. Not because my husband is a dud, but because every single one of our Valentine's for the first several years were somehow interrupted. Maybe we should celebrate it early. Heaven knows we could!

In early September perhaps even sooner, I remember seeing Halloween stuff for sale. Before July 4th, I remember school supplies going up on display. Seriously? Why so soon!!! yeah, I know it's about marketing. Blah blah. But give me a break! Do you really need to be shoving Valentine's Day down my throat 2 days after Christmas? Does this mean on February 15th I will find Saint Patrick's Day goodies?

I used to work at the Jelly Belly Factory. Yeah, I got free candy--of which I chose the chocolates. No, I really don't care for Jelly Bellies, but I do prefer them to the traditional jelly bean. When I worked there, I remember distinctly that in August the Christmas candies were being made. In October, it was the Valentine's stuff. In December it was Easter. And so on. So yeah, the candy isn't all that fresh. But since it has a fairly decent shelf life it's safe to eat it.

I don't know about you all, but I really don't want to think about Valentine's Day just yet. I still have Christmas stuff out. And really do not want to think about swimsuit weather. I am about 40 pounds away from that!!! Is it just me, or are they putting these seasonal items out much too soon. Why not keep them all out year round? How about a store that specializes only in seasonal items, but it has them all...all the time!!! Think about it. Christmas and summer side by side. Halloween and Easter are now neighbors! You heard it here first.

Grand Plans


I have had many grand plans for my blog this year. And I fully intend to deliver! However at the moment I am just a bit frazzled. I am a bit buried under mountains of escrow papers, and I suddenly realized they want to close in ELEVEN days! So as soon as I get a translator and I get my $@#* together I can focus on the important stuff! Check back with me later today...in case of a miracle. Otherwise...I will see you tomorrow. :o)

Have a great day!!!