Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Confessions: Farewells and Other Stuff

I confess...

I have been really struggling with my weight the past few weeks.  Okay really it's been since Christmas.  I have been up and down and up with the same six pounds.  I refuse to accept that my body has "settled" and "likes" where it is. And yet, I am really struggling with the motivation.   Maybe I need to get back into my Metabolism Blues blog to keep me more honest and on track.

I confess...

I had an IEP meeting yesterday for my Little Middle.  Those meetings exhaust me.  It's a lot to take in and a lot to remember.  I am not known for retention...unless it is water based.  She is transitioning to middle school.  I am not ready.  I wasn't ready when she started Kindergarten either.  We both survived.  Mostly. 

I Confess...

I am glad so very glad I am going to Zumba this morning.  I am glad because it will be nearly 2 hours of no kids.  No kids fighting over petty things.  It's a four day weekend for us.

I confess...

I am not looking forward to summer break at this moment. 



I Confess...

I am totally sad that Glamazon is taking time away from blogging.  I do respect her decision and support her 100 percent.  But I am sad.  I am happy that Mamarazzi will be keeping the confession meme alive and running.  After all, what would we do if we couldn't come clean each week??  So go and visit both of these fabulous ladies.  Give Glam some cyber love and tell Mamarazzi thanks for keeping such a fun Meme going!
What do you have to confess?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments: Being Mature


 




It's time again to share those proud Mommy Moments.  Whether they are big or small, or whether they are truly great or truly horrifying!  Write about your proud moments and link up with my BFF Emmy of EmmyMom--One Day At A Time and KMama at the Daily Dribbles!

Remember from my Tuesday post, I said it was 19 years ago that I first met my husband?  Well he reads my blog.  He apologized for not really remembering the exact date.  I could have played that up to the hilt, but the truth is I really don't play that and I also didn't totally remember myself.  I actually googled May, 24, 1992 to see if it was on a Sunday.  We both remember we met on a Sunday.  How funny is that.  I knew it was either the 24th or the 26th.  Well it was the 24th.  And he asked me out to dinner to celebrate.  But what about the kids?  "Yoyo" was his reply.  (You're on your own)  He verified what time DWTS was to start.  Oh he knows me.  So it was set.  I would meet him for dinner.

Here is where my "proud mommy moment" comes into play.  Kristin is every inch a teenager, and yet in the same breath I can say she is wise beyond her years.  I told her what the plans were and her reaction was not one of eye rolling and sighing, but one of "Aww's" and "Can I make pancakes for dinner?"  I told her as long as she clean up the mess she could.  She happily agreed.  I went out and enjoyed my dinner with Rich.  And I came home to a pancake free mess.  She even had enlisted her siblings help in the clean up.  I guess I can take a little credit for her maturity. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

DWTS Finals

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The Final Three

 Tonight the final couples are dancing two dances.  The first dance is the judges pick and the second is the much anticipated:  Free Style.  For their first dance, Chelsea and Mark are dancing the Samaba.   Chelsea  gets special coaching from Carrie Ann who tells her to loosen up her hips for the Samba.

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Their Samba, for me, almost had a more retro feel to it.  Perhaps it was the music.  The music can have a great impact on a dance.  So can choreography.  They danced it great, I just didn't feel too much Samba.

Len said, "Every step you take, I'll be watching you!" He said that over all it was well done.
Bruno called her an ultra sexy bombshell and a firecracker of the samba.
Carrie Ann said she was Hot hot hot! And that Chelsea was on fire. "This is SO what I wanted from you!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

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Kirstie and Maks are also dancing the Samba.   Maybe it was the music.  Maybe it was the choreography.  Whatever it was, I liked their dance much better.  

Bruno said it was softer, richer and full of lively pleasures. He said there was a  tiny mistep on the floor. Huh?  There was?
Carrie Ann said how different from Chelsea she was.  How it was the same dance but so very different. "A really great Samba!"
Len called it a different style of Samba and very appealing.  He said that it could been crisper but that it was well done.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

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Hines and Kym dance the Quickstep to "Puttin' On The Ritz."  And it is awesome.  That's all I got. 

Carrie Ann said it was so much fun.  "When you dance, it's like watching you running a touch down!"
Len told him that only the best dancer will win the mirror ball. He said there was vast improvement, but that he was "not quite there yet." he got boos from the audience, and  Carrie Ann called him, "Grumpy" He then challenged Hines to show him the wow factor in the Free Style.
Bruno called it a mega production of Broadway with excitement and entertainment.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

Freestyles:
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Chelsea and Mark are up first going for fresh and edgy.  It was definitely fresh and funky. And there was a wardrobe malfunction.  See those light up shoes?  Chelsea's battery pack came loose and ultimately disconnected causing her shoes to "turn off."

Len said it was a celebration of entertainment and that it was fantastic.
Bruno called it electrifying; saying they pushed it to the limit looking like they were plugged into the national grid.
Carrie Ann was at a loss for words so she simply got up and hooped and hollered for them. 

Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30/59

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Kirstie Alley you rocked my world with your freestyle!  Lifts and cartwheels at sixty!  I want to do that NOW!  Seriously she did amazing.

Bruno was honest and said that 10 weeks ago he never would have thought she would even attempt to do lifts. "You have to really appreciate what you have achieved.  Romance! Sexy! Gymnastics!  Respect girl!"
Carrie Ann said she should be the poster girl for life as it should be at 60!
Len liked the elements of rumba and cha cha.  He said he loved the lifts and the fact that she took risks.  "I thought you were great and I commend you! Well done!"

Socres:
Carrie Ann:  9
Lwn: 9
Bruno: 9
Where are the ten's, yo!?
Total: 27/54

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Hines wants his free style to be like the half time show at Super Bowl. And that is what it is!  Awesome!  And then I just got mad because who in the world do I vote for now!?

Carrie Ann began telling them that their dance was risky.  "That wasn't really a half time show....  That was the whole damn super bowl! Those lifts were insane!"  They did several where Hines was tossing her around and around.  Given her injury, it was scary to watch. 
Len said that the competition is about give and take and that tonight Hines gave it his all.
Bruno said that Hines and Kym pulled out all the stops and created a crowd pleasing event!!

Scores:
CA:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30/59

And the winners are: 

3rd:  Chelsea and Mark
2nd:  Kirstie and Maks
Champs:  Hines and Kym

Wow what a season!  I can hardly wait for Season 13 beginning on Sept. 19th.

Pictures Property of ABC

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another Totally Random Tuesday!

Oh to have money and just buy an outfit you like....
The top looked cuter on the hanger...but I would love to go back and get those capris....and maybe...
this shirt.  Isn't it cute?  Who knew I would ever like ruffles again?

This past weekend we had a baby shower for my niece...she is due July 21.  That is my moms birthday.  There was another baby in the family due that day....she came a month early--my Little Middle!

31 weeks  Her baby is going to be BIG!
My sister(her Mama) made the cake and cupcakes.
Just some of the yummy food!

See the punch on the left?  It is that Cherry Limeade I mentioned a post or two ago.  I said Crystal Light makes it.  I was wrong.  It is made the Wal-Mart brand:  Great Value.  It's really good.  But you will only find it at Wal-Mart.

I really don't know who will win DWTS this year.  Usually I have it pegged long before the finals.  This year there just hasn't been any front runner.  I will say that Kirstie Alley knocked my socks off.  I hope I can turn cartwheels when I am sixty!  

I just ordered Kristin's yearbook for middle school.  It was $50 people.  $50.  How much was yours?  Mine were like $8 or $10.   The high school ones were $30.  Forget college....high school is going to force us into putting a second on the house!  

I realized this weekend that I will have three graduates this year.  One from Kindergarten, one from elementary, and one from middle school.  It will not happen this way again.  Sounds like we will have to have a party of sorts.  Hmmm...I see silly string and glow necklaces in my future.

There are 10 school days left over the next three weeks.  And the last three are short days.  And homework free.  The tradeoff is a rough one.  But I am over the homework load for the year.  I look forward to my 60 days of freedom.  Yes, they get just 60 days of summer break.  

And a special little piece of trivia in the life of CA Girl... 19 years ago today, I met someone...a sailor.  A sailor dressed like Garth Brooks!  I met him at a bar.  He asked me to dance.  I refused.  He persisted.  And it just goes to show....persistence pays.

The only man who will put up with me.  Love you.

What's going on for you today?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Double Parked

I live in a cul-de-sac.  I am at the end of it.  I love this because it is a very low traffic area.  There are hardly ever any cars there.  I am spoiled by it.  So are my kids.  They can ride their scooters and bikes all over it without a care.  My neighbor teaches piano and sometimes there are a few extra cars hanging around.  I have never had more than two at a time.  And they usually park in front of her house not mine.  Every once in a while they back up to the end of cul-de-sac, which is fine as long as there is only one and I am not expecting company myself.  Oh and then there is that pesky fire hydrant.

Over this weekend, the house directly across from us was having what is called and "estate" sale.  A fancy term for indoor yard sale if you ask me.  I would rather go with yard sale myself.  I digress.  Unbeknownst to me, this estate sale began on Thursday and continued through Saturday.  Each day the sale began at 7AM and ended at 4PM. 

My first problem is, no one came by to notify us that there would be or even "might" be heavier traffic on our little street this week.  I can not see the street from inside my house unless I am upstairs.  My front door is actually on the side of the house and my garage covers the front of the house.  So when I opened my garage door on Thursday morning, I was surprised and slightly annoyed to see this:

What the what?  Why are all these cars here?  Why they encroaching onm my personal space!?  After major rant slight tirade, I drove my kids to school and came home same as any other day, but wedging myself around cars.  Since it was Thursday, it was my regular grocery shopping day.  I am really a busy person.  I don't have time for obnoxious self centered   the general public to take up my space while I am running around taking of MY LIFE.  Despite my need to be able to get in and out of my own driveway, they kept coming.  When I got back from the store, I was greeted with this...

What the FRENCH TOAST!?   Are you freaking kidding me??  Even my neighbor can not get out, should she need to.  I was beyond ticked.  I also had a car full of groceries.  This was my breaking point.  I called the police.  Well, I think someone was onto me because while I was on the phone(after I finally managed to get myself into my driveway) I saw this from upstairs:
It was like I turned the lights on the cockroaches.  They scattered.  Rich came home for lunch and had to walk across the street to find out who parked in front of our driveway so he could leave.  This happened to me on Saturday when I was heading out to set up for my niece's baby shower.  I was not kind to the person who was blocking my driveway.  "I need you to move your car!" I turned on my heel and didn't even give her a second glance.  There was a man standing outside the house who said, "I would sell it." I told him, "I want to have them towed."  He laughed, and I thanked him for not parking in front my house.


What would you have done?

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