Friday, February 25, 2011



It is confession time!  I love this day.  It is the one day a week I can come clean and feel good about myself.  Or it's a time share some not so nice things about  me and hope you still love me anyway.

I have DDS...or as I like to call it:  Donald Duck Syndrome.  DDS is affected by most Americans.  Did you know this?  It's true.  Here are some examples of my own DDS:

  • I have road rage.  Seriously, the idiot drivers out there should be grateful I don't own a gun.  
  • When the light turns means stop.  Not three cars go through the left turn light!
  • If you are in the far left lane and realize oh shitake mushrooms I want to go RIGHT...simply drive to the next possible place to make a U-TURN and not drive straight across the FREAKING CROSSWALK to make it your turn right! (yes I actually saw that...right in front my CAR!  Good thing I was paying attention!)
  • The pedestrian does in fact have the right of way.  More specifically if you are looking to your left the entire time you are moving forward it is not the pedestrians fault you almost hit them at the right. (Yeah, that was me too...and Ryan!!  Thank goodness he still holds my hand in the parking lot!
  • If there is a 4 way stop....OBEY IT!
My DDS doesn't end there.  I am sad to report that have many other triggers that brings out my DDS.

  • When children fight over how to play a game
  • When children fight over who said what
  • When children fight over fighting
  • When children don't listen
  • Is it just me or is there a pattern here?
I really am an easy going kind of gal.  As long as I get my way.  And my children are obedient and loving 100 percent of the time.  And people don't act complete idiots while driving.  If you or someone you love suffers from DDS, there is no cure, and no known support group.  Basically if you suffer DDS you are out of luck and completely impossible to understand when you are angry.

What's on your conscience today?  Link up with Mamarazzi and Glamazon to join the fun!!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Now That's Funny

Last night I was at CVS picking up my husband's medicine.  The line was long.  I guess everyone needed drugs their medication.  As I stood in line with nothing better to do, I started looking around at the various salves and remedies.  On one side it was stomach relief.  From anti-acids to ... well to other parts of the digestive system.  On the other side it was ointments.  Anti-itch creams mostly.  And then my eyes landed on this gem...

Come on now, admit it.  You are laughing at this.  Now look at the full picture
I know it is blurry but it says:  skin care.

Now that's funny!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

It's really not going to be totally wordless, but then is it ever?   As I said yesterday, I am posting pictures from the duck pond part of our outing.  It was short, but the kids enjoyed it.  I didn't bring my camera, but Emily brought hers.  It's a little point and shoot by kodak that actually is quite nice and does quite a few decent tricks. 

This one is SOOC(Straight out of camera)  and I edited it twice...





SOOC per Emily's request....doesn't even begin to show how many were flying around.


action shot sooc

He came close to the edge more than once, but I was watching him like a hawk.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One of Those Days

Did you ever just have one of those days?  You know the kind, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you get out of bed and trip?  Yeah, that is the kind of day I am talking about.  Yesterday was a holiday.  No school.  The only redeeming quality about this is being able to sleep in.  After the day I had, sleeping in is entirely over rated. 

Let's a play a little Status Quote here.  This time with my own status updates:

1. "I am being lazy.  I need a dose of ambition though."  I was given a radioactive dose of ambition from a friend.  I still feel shiny.  It must have worked, because I finally took a shower, got dressed, and started a load of laundry.  Of course by now it was 11:30. 

I already promised a trip to the mall to the teen.  Hey her babysitting money was burning a hole in her pocket.  I had designs on making sugar cookies.  I even bought cookie cutters.  I really am not fond of the mall.  IDEA!  She can call a friend and go with her, while I run to Target and take the other two to the duck pond!   I am so good I scare myself.  Hmmm...maybe that radio active stuff was working after all.  That or the second diet coke kicked in.    After a trying lunch "break" we went were headed out for the first stop...the duck pond.  (I will post pictures of this tomorrow)  It was a bit chilly for us CA types.  50 degrees with a cool breeze.  The ducks were not real hungry, but that didn't stop the kids from tossing bread.  After the bread was gone, they went to the hill to roll down.  As Emily slowly made her way down, a random child jumped over her.  Yes.  Jumped over her. 

Next was Target.  I bought a baby gift for my daughter's drama teacher plus a couple of other things I needed.  And because the flesh is weak, a little toy for Ryan and Emily.  Now this seems okay so far right?  But every thirty seconds it's "Mama, Mama, Mom, Mom'"  followed by, "No!  Don't!  Stop touching me!" Yeah that's always fun.  And I was THAT mom.  You know the one.  "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom,...."  'WHAT!?"  Yeah.

Then as much as I wanted to go home, a promise is a promise.  So off to the mall.  It was crazy busy like at Christmas time.  I just wanted to go home.  More than once Ryan said, "Can we just go home?"  Not because he was bored, but because it was too crowded and he doesn't do well with crowds.  We got snagged by one of those kiosk people.  For flat irons and curling irons.  Yeah thanks, but I don't want your $129 flat iron.

Home...beautiful wonderful sweet and messy home!  Who cares!  I am home and I am done....

Post #2:  That super cranky woman at Target...yeah that was me. If you were at the mall and saw her there too, yeah it was me again. Aren't you glad I came home? :D

I took a nap.  Naps.  How love thee....unless you curse me with a headache when I wake up.  Plus my sister wanted a ride to Urgent Care for dizziness and a headache--she is fine-- so I figured dinner is a wash and my mom is sick so she needs dinner too.  I am so smart, I will buy dinner!!!  Stupid Carl's messed up the order.  I had to drive back while eating with Kristin because they forgot her sandwich.  I just stayed at the restaurant with Kristin since it was closer to Urgent Care than home--had to pick up the sis.  

Home at last.  Get the boy to bed.  Emily has a melt down, I need her to be in bed. Finally get her off to bed.  And I post this....

Post #3 Whew what a wild and crazy day. I am glad to be home and all done with it.

The one good thing I got out of this was discovering a little resale shop next to the UC.  I bought a beautiful dress for Emily that is almost like new for $10.  I saw other amazing deals in there, and will likely go back.  On another day.  Sans kids!!

What was your day like?

Monday, February 21, 2011



Last week I was going over papers for the house.  I was looking for our home owner's warranty.  I knew it was coming up for renewal and I needed the number so I could call them.  I actually started by going online, because I hate making phone calls.  I found I was able to check on the current status of my account simply by putting my phone number in.  Sweet.  That makes it nice and easy.  Click submit and I get this message:  We are pleased to have been of service to you. Unfortunately, due to high losses or other circumstances, your Plan is not eligible for renewal.  Excuse me?  What in the world?  Really.  So I emailed them.  I hate phone calls.  I get a very quick response...

Thank you for your inquiry.

We do appreciate your interest in our coverage. Our Plan states it may be renewed at our discretion, and at this time, your Plan will not be available for renewal.

If you have further questions, our Applications Department is available at 1-800-445-6999.

This is the part where I mention the name of the company:  OLD REPUBLIC.   That's OLD REPUBLIC in case you missed it.  I was fuming mad at this point. And I had questions all right!  Questions like what the heck!?  Seriously?  Is this how you conduct your business?

I got on the phone with a rep for applications.  She didn't tell me anything the email and website message didn't.  Oh wait she did say they make the decision of whether or not a contract is renewed.  I said, "Shouldn't that be my decision!?"  And I did actually say, "Seriously...this is how you conduct your business?"  Which is OLD REPUBLIC by the way.  I do have friends who are Realtors.  And I made it very clear I would tell them not to conduct business with them:  OLD REPUBLIC.  

Needless to say, I quickly got on board with another company.  American Home Shield.  They have a much better policy.   And seem to cover a lot more.  Time will tell though.  What would you have done?