Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happiness Is....


Happy Saturday!  I am participating in Mamarazzi's "Happy List" weekly post.  Sometimes the simplest things make me happy.  Last night we went to Target.  No, that isn't what made me happy.  It's what I got that made me happy.  A lamp.  Yep.  A simple floor lamp.


We have one already in our family room but it isn't quite enough. I need light and lots of it.  We spend the majority of our time in the family room.  You know, where the TV is.  And there just isn't a lot of natural light in there. So I got a lamp.  It has two lights.  A lesser for reading.  It is perfect.  It made me so happy. Another thing about it that makes me happy is how easy the switch works.  The other lamp actually has a wrapper attached to the switch to make turning it somewhat easier.  Yeah a total redneck fix. 

Sleeping in also makes me happy.  I only get to do it once a week.  And I savor it.
What makes you happy?

Friday, February 18, 2011

I Confess

It's Friday and you know what that means!  I can totally hopefully redeem myself for stupid things any wrong doings I know may have done.

I confess...

I confess that my house is the messiest it has been in a long time.  It's almost like I don't care.  But I do.  I just don't want to do the work.  I even dreamed I was having knee surgery and no one was going to help me clean my house before that happened.  I don't need knee surgery (yet).  I guess that is the best excuse I could come up with for actually needing help to clean the house.

I confess....

I confess I bought a thermal shopping bag at the store yesterday simply because it was being sold for 28 cents.  It was damaged.  Damage that I know I could easily fix.  I plan to use it for beach trips and picnics instead of shopping purposes.  But it was 28 cents people! 

I confess....

I confess that I probably have offended someone.  I did something stupid.  I realize that now.  I feel bad.  I hope to restore the good feelings.  I don't like upsetting people.  I mean who does?  I try to be nice just as my mom always taught me.  But being human means you screw up once in a while.  And I did.  I just hope all can be forgiven.

I confess...

I waste time.  Especially in the mornings.  Hello.  We are supposed to be getting ready for school. And I am writing and reading blogs.  Priorities people.  The big problem is I have a tendency to get stressed out due to lack of time.  Well now whose fault is that???

I confess...

I would love a day or week of total nothingness.  Just sitting,  Relaxing.  But every time I think or say this...I get sick.  Like death at your door sick.  So I try to be more specific.  I don't want to be sick.  I would settle for a nice break. 

I confess...

I just looked at the clock and we now have ten minutes to get out the door.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Life's Struggles

 Jenny Matlock

It is Alphabae-Thursday with Jenny Matlock.  The letter today is S.  Yesterday was a rough day.  It was a real Struggle...

Last Sunday in church a beautiful talk was given on struggles.   She is a cancer survivor.  She talked about how her trials could be seen by all, and then went onto say there are other types of trials that can not be seen, but are just as bad.  She is truly an amazing person, and to look at her you would not know the fight she went through.  And likewise, we do not know the fight of others.

Yesterday was a huge struggle just to get through. First struggle of the day was teen angst and getting past it in order to get to school.  It's never an easy thing.  Life at 13 is just one big struggle.  It's hard to remember that when you are all grown up.  Another struggle is when you are younger and want to be treated fairly.  Fair is fair, and everyone is going to school. 

Once past that struggle, I was faced with another.  Well this time it wasn't mine.  It was someone else's.  But since I was in public I had to endure it.  I went shopping at Wally with my mom yesterday.  And while we were there, I think there must have been at least three different sets of kids screaming bloody murder.  And this wasn't just a small fit by any of these kids.  They were full blown-I'm-going-to-get-my-way tantrums.  I was reminded of my 19/20 year old self, who upon hearing such shrieks would swear to never have children. Ever.  Today I was just happy and grateful on many levels, that those struggles were not mine.

It was raining yesterday.  And in CA, that means you might melt.  We parked in the handicapped spot, because my mom has a plaque and it is legal.  We don't normally park in those spots.  Since my mom had her knees replaced she gets around worlds better and is even doing Zumba now. Long story short we both forgot about the plaque. Yep, I was cited for it.  And just for general information those things are not cheap.  Yes, we can have it corrected without court and so on, but what a pain. 

Later yesterday another struggle came my way in the form of an email from my middle's teacher.  She struggles so much in school.  She has an IEP.  They work really hard and well with her and me.  But something had gone amiss in our system, and I am just now realizing that it was our communication--which was through her agenda that she takes to and from school with class assignments--it got left behind weeks ago and neither of us knew this.

By the time I got all the kids home from school, I was struggling to keep my sanity.  I wanted to get away.  Not run away.  Though sometimes that thought crosses my mind too.  It was a challenge to even get dinner made.  Then I was tired of struggling with my day.  I finally reached out to my dear friend Emmy.  She came and got me, and we went to Barnes and Noble and sat in the little cafe with cookies and hot chocolate.  It was pleasantly quiet.  There was no chaos.  No struggles.  Just stories of children and laughter at their antics.  Eye rolls at their devious ways.  I felt worlds better after that.  Like I could carry on and be a nice mom.

It was a long day and I struggled through.  Some of the struggles are still there and need work.  Other struggles are past.  There are more struggles to come.  Some all at once and some over time.  It's how we deal with them. 

How do you deal with your struggles?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Big Adventure with My Flat Friends

Have you ever heard of "Flat Stanley"?  You know, you have a little flat cut out of a person and you take him/her with you on your adventures.  Then you send Flat Stanley and your adventures to the next person.  Well this is a cyber version of it, and much cooler.  It's cooler because I got to hang out with my new besties: Mimi and Mamarazzi!


I was a little embarrassed when Mimi and Mamarazzi arrived, my house wasn't quite clean.
They were so cool.  They said, "Don't sweat it!"  

But I still insisted on finishing up the work, at least that way we would have a place to sit and have a nice cool drink.

We made cookies to go with the diet know to cancel out the calories.  Mimi and Mamarazzi really liked their sleeping quarters.  
We went to Zumba the next day.  Mamarazzi and Mimi were the hit!
How is that you ladies still look so beautiful and I look....well...see for yourself.

We also went to EmmyMom's house and made and decorated sugar cookies for Valentine's Day.  That was a lot of fun getting all of us together again...

On Mamarazzi and Mimi's last day, we went to Weight Watchers...I had to introduce them to my leader Kim.  She rocks ya know!  She loved meeting the gals.

Then we headed to Old Town, and looked in all the shops and took lots of pictures.

Top Left is me with Mimi and Mamarazzi and on the right it is my mom.  The girls wanted to do a pose in the front of the wagon.  Looks like Mamarazzi called "shotgun!"

At the Old Town Jail they first posed with my sister and then asked for a close up. There are also two statues of prisoners complete with jugs of something.  It was took dark to get a decent shot of them.

We rested in a couple of places.  And panned for gold at this fountain.  All I found was a rock.  ;)

And as a final send off, dinner at Chili's!  Yum!

All in all it was great week!  I enjoyed having these lovely ladies in my company!  My daughters also got a chance to hang out with them.   You can see their adventure right over here.  If you would like to hang out with Mamarazzi and Mimi, just let them know and they will set you up!  Have fun.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

Roots and Rings

I am participating in a new meme this week.  Well new to me anyway!  Have you been to Roots and Rings?  Well me either!  I found her through my very good friend who just started her blog last week!  Wow.  Ten on Tuesday asks guessed it, ten questions.  Since I have never done it before I don't know if they are random or themed.  Though this week's seems like it has a theme!

1. Any vacations you are looking forward to this summer?  We have been talking about going to San Francisco.  We used to live in the Bay Area and I would love to take the kids there.
2. What is your favorite article of summer clothing (shoes are included)?  I love my sandals and shorts/capris.  It's just comfy.
3. What is your favorite summer drink (alcoholic or non)?  I am a Diet Coke girl year round.
4. Do you tan or burn?  If I put on sunscreen nothing happens.  If I forget...well I burn.  When I was a kid though I tanned.
5. Any goals you are working toward this summer?  To rock the bathing suit.
6. What is your favorite summertime food?  Ice cream!!  Nah, I eat that stuff in sub zero temps too!  I love summer fruits.  Pretty much any type.
7. What song most says “summer” to you?  I just keep thinking of Beach Boys tunes.  Which is odd because I don't go out of my way to listen to them.  How about, "No more school, no more books, no more...." I won't say the rest.  hehehe.
8. Any home improvement goals planned for this summer?  Planned no.  Dreaming?  Perhaps.  I would love to move my oven.'s in the wall and there are cupboards under the range where the oven is supposed to be.  I mean who thought this up.  Plus it is ridiculously small.  I mean seriously, this is a 4 bedroom home.  How is a puny little apt size oven going to work?  Another fix would be the dryer vent.  It vents into the garage.  Yeah that's not at all dangerous. 
9. What is one thing you hate to see at the beach? Ummmmm.....

10. Did you ever go to a summer camp? Yep.  Unfortunately I was the subject of many jokes and pranks and had no desire to return in the following years. 

So how about you?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saint Valentine's Day


Saint Valentine's Day is named after one or more Christian martyrs, one being Saint Valentine.  The day was made for intimate companions to express their love for another. It was eventually taken out of the Catholic calendar but still recognized as a religious holiday.  I never knew it was myself.  Valentine's Day first became associated with romance in the middle ages where courtships began.  Hey this is kind of cool.  I didn't know that one either!!


Cupid is loosely translated to "Desire"  Cupid is the product of Venus and Mars.  When Princess Psyche was receiving far more attention than Venus, Venus ordered Cupid to shoot Psyche with his arrow and cause her to fall in love with the evilest thing in the world.  Upon sneaking into her room, Cupid scratched himself with his arrow of gold and fell in love Psyche.  She was later turned into a goddess so that she and Cupid could be together.


The Anti-Cupid!  Yes...Anti-Cupid....causes mischief and trouble against doomed relationships.  Which I suppose is a good thing if they are doomed.  Cupid then follows behind and mends the broken hearts.

So now that we have had this little history is a little history on me and the man.

We met in May of 92.  Our first Valentine's Day was spent with his parents.  That was when I met them.

Feb. 14, 1994  We moved from So. Cal to No. Cal...or as I like to call it, the other CA.

Feb. 14, 1995  I had a laparoscopy done.  Fun right?

Feb. 14, 1996  I am sure something came up...though I do not remember.

Feb 14, 1997  Husband was singing with a Barbershop Quartet that day and evening delivering singing Valentine's grams.  I was a widow.

Feb.14, 1998  Kristin was almost 5 months old.  She was finally sleeping good.  Who the heck care's about Valentine's Day anyway???

Over the years, we have exchanged cards and stuff, but we really don't make a big deal about it.  In fact, we kind of laugh about it and poke fun.  Perhaps the Anti-Cupid is trying to cause trouble, but he can't because our relationship is not doomed.  And we can keep this fun perspective because Cupid has mended each of the broken Valentine's Days.

What is Valentine's Day like in your house?


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