Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crazy Things

Okay, today we got just crazy weather. In Portland we got close to an inch of rain along with the wind that makes the rain come at you sideways and renders umbrellas completely useless. It seemed to hit especially hard when I had to take the kids to school this morning. I made a run for it the block to school, dragging the kids behind.

When Cat got out of the car she was complaining that her raincoat was not working well. I turned around and saw that it was not zipped and her hood was down. I pointed out these items to her and she said it worked much better once she fixed the problems. I swear my kid is not an idiot just a 6-year old girls who sometimes loses her mind. When do kids pick up on common sense? Soon right? Please tell me it is soon.

The other crazy thing is that when I was dropping off Aly at her school there were two cars in the parking lot that looked as if another car hit them and then drove off. They were rammed together. Her school sits right below a main road in town. A drunk driver ran off the road, went through the chainlink fence, and came crashing down on another car that then rammed into the other two. It was insane, and I will never park on that side of the parking lot even for a quick drop off.

This weather makes the crazy drivers come out. Hydroplaning all over the place, driving on your ass and speeding past you creating a wave of water that crashes over your car. I hate driving in this weather, would rather get wet walking in the rain. Supposedly we will have a dry spell over the next few days. Hopefully the crazy stuff will stop for a little while.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pre-K how I love the ...

let me count the ways. Aly's new school finally opened this month. It was under construction for so long and the opening was postponed for two months. But it finally opened and she is in love with her new teachers and new friends.

She had been spending the days with my mom and dad, and although they are a lot of fun, she had been craving time with kids her own age. Not to mention getting back into learning. My parents miss spending all of that time with her but since they live down here now they get to see the kids a lot more than they used to.

Anyway, Pre-K has been great so far, and they have openings available. If you want the info just send me an email.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A little annoyance

This morning on the radio that played a commercial for Washington Mutual, saying what a great bank it is now that it is part of JP Morgan Chase. But the things that bugged the heck out of me is that they kept calling the bank WaMu. Whose idiotic idea was it to change the name from Washington Mutual to WaMu?

Is it just me? I like a little respectability in my bank. Thinking of changing. I know in this day and age should we really change a bank because of a stupid name? I say yes, but where to go? Do you go the local bank route, or maybe a credit union? Part of me just doesn't want to have to set up all of my automatic payments again. It is just a little annoyance in my life.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Stinky Bear

Aly has this bear, its name is Stinky. He was a free bear that she got at the Festival of Trees last year. They have a teddy bear hospital there and the kids that go get free teddy bears. I am sure this one was probably made in China, sad to say I didn't even check. Bad mommy, bad, bad mommy.

Anyway, this bear is stinky because she sucks on him at night. I know disgusting. But she is so attached to Stinky and even with washings he still stinks. Do you take something away when she is so attached? I just can't, so Stinky goes where Aly goes, and life goes on. I just know sooner or later Stinky is probably going to fall apart and I am sure Aly will move on to something new. But right now he is her love, and you can't say no to that, even if he is really stinky.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Love Black Apple

Which one should I get?
Perfect for Aly's room
This one is perfect for Cat's room, she love the Loch Ness monster.

Friday, November 07, 2008


Okay, I am coming out of the closet so to speak, or at least cleaning out my closet. For awhile now I have been wanting to lose some weight. When the opportunity to join a group at work arose I jumped at the chance. We meet once a week and everyone weighs in, can you guess what it is? Yep, you guessed it Weight Watchers.

I kept it under wraps for the first week or so, because usually when I tell people I want to lose some weight they tell me I look fine. But for me it is about wanting to be in a healthy range for my height and build. I want to have more energy, patience, and just generally feel better. I don't talk about losing weight with the girls, with them it is all about eating good foods and exercising to keep your body working.

So it has been four weeks now and I am down 10.6 lbs. so far and I feel great. My clothes are fitting better, no more muffin top in my favorite jeans, and I donated some of the "too big" clothes to charity. I would fully endorse WW if you follow the program. A lot of it is writing down what you eat, and moderating your portions. Halloween was a real bitch, but I got through it without my normal candy gorgefest. I have about 20 more lbs. to drop but things are looking good as long as I can get through the holidays. I should be at my target right after the new year. Hey if it worked for Jenny McCarthy it can work for me.

The hardest part has been working in an actual exercise plan. It has been so long since I exercised on a regular basis. I am a walker, would much rather walk than drive, and that has kept me kind of in shape for awhile but I need to take it up a notch. So to help me out with that goal I purchased a new toy. It just arrived this week and I will be testing it out this weekend, bu hopefully it will become my exercise partner.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Today Cat was showing me some things she got at her after school care program. They made little bags and got some toys to put in them and bring home. Well one of them was a little orange gun. I was shocked. I know it is a toy and obviously not real, but come on giving that out at school?

I guess I just never understood playing with toy guns, pretending to hurt one another. Cat promised that she wouldn't point it at anyone and only pretend with her animals. When I asked why she would want to pretend that she couldn't answer. She just saw a toy and nothing more. I guess I should be happy that she is so innocent and can't grasp the concept of someone hurting someone else. But it bothered me none the less. Tomorrow we will be calling the afterschool care and finding out their side of things. Let's see what they say.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Still Happy

I am still happy, just a feel of optimism about our country that I haven't felt in a long time. It will be a long road but a great ride.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The New First Family

I am crying tears of joy. Just so happy and proud of our country. It is definitely a glass half full moment right now.

Keeping Fingers Crossed

The latest and greatest

Monday, November 03, 2008

Halloween Memories

Halloween is just a memory now, but it was another successful costume wearing, trick-or-treating, candy eating, pumpkin carving night. Now maybe next year we can move beyond Disney Princess costumes.

The candy fairy paid the girls a visit. The candy fairy is the tooth fairy's cousin, in case you didn't know. The girls got to pick out their favorite candy and the rest was put into a special bag for the candy fairy. They each woke up to two dollars underneath their pillows. The amazing thing is that S and I didn't even eat all of the extra, okay we ate some but not much. Well not much as compared to last year when I remember feeling ill due to the candy crash we experienced.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


I am a bit new to Facebook. Signed up earlier in the year but never really fooled around with it until recently. Now all of a sudden my entire high school class has found me. But the best part of all is that my closest friend from high school just signed up tonight and sent me an email. We lost touch shortly after college and I tried googling her a few times but I never had any luck. I am sort of in shock, I didn't even know what to write to her besides "how are you?"

Sometimes the internet still amazes me.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


I can't wait for Tuesday! Almost election day, and hopefully no hanging chads, or close counts, but with a new President. Let it be Barack Obama, please, please, please! I am sending my prayers out to the universe that the polls are correct. I went into such a funk the day after the last presidential election when W was given four more years, and now look where we are. I need to have hope for the future, and I don't think that is possible if we have a President McCain.

Plus, the best thing about the end of the election will be no more political ads, they are driving me insane. I want to see Hallmark and Kodak commercials, give me an infomercial anyday over another negative ad, just disgusting.

So, only a few days to go! Let them go by fast and without any new developments.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


As close to perfect as you get. I think I have a girl crush on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008


As I was settling in to do a bit of sewing something caught the corner of my eye and it looked like it was moving. It was a visitor.

I am pretty sure I didn't invite this creature in, but it is a garage after all I guess I have to get used to these creatures. It kind of looked like a hobo spider at least according to what said. It was about 3/4 inch in size and do you see the size of its mouth? It freaked me out to no end. I do not like spiders, but the funny thing is I don't like to see them dead either. When I was a kid I used to imagine that if you killed a spider the rest of it's family would come looking for it and after realizing that you had killed it they would come looking for revenge. I swear that it exactly what I thought. So I let it be and decided to come back another time for my project.

UPDATE: S killed the visitor the next day. We think it was the same one because we haven't seen anymore since. But maybe they are just sitting and watching us.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Guaranteed to cure the blues

My kids love this video and ask to watch it over and over and over again.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Time in a bottle

Where has the time gone? I had high hopes that I was going to get back to this blog much sooner, but it wasn't to be. Anyway it has been over 10 months and I would like to say that in that time I had some great reason for abandoning this blog but that wouldn't be true either. Just time passing me by. Kids growing up, birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate.

We got taken down by some of the economic strife that is occurring. Nothing to lose our house over but it did reset our priorities just a bit. We got rid of satellite but we couldn't bear to part with our beloved internet. I do miss the weekly newspaper but to be honest we read the news online for than the daily O. Many more rides on public transportation and talk of selling one of the cars. We never use more than one these days but still paying insurance on both. Anyone in the market for a Toyota Rav4?

I did start a new job back in October. That seems to have coincided with my break from the blog. They are very strict on internet usage, no blogs, myspace accounts or internet email allowed. They block the sites and you have to prove to IT that you need access for work. I am on the computer so much at work now that to be honest I haven't felt like getting on the computer much at home. But slowly it has been pulling me back in.

Then life gets in the way again like our refrigerator breaking down for the third time in about two months. The frost free option doesn't seem to work well. Basically when this happens we have to unload all of our food from the fridge and freezer and load it into coolers while the fridge defrosts and decides to work for us again. I think we need a new one but that cost money which we don't want to spend right now. Yes, that literally just happened in the middle of this post. I am amazed I got back on to write at all.

So hopefully this will be the first of many lame posts to go where I lament about putting time in a bottle slowing things down for awhile or maybe I will write again a year from now. We shall see.