Friday, June 29, 2007

taking a bloging break

be back soon

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I've been tagged! Thanks Melissa for keeping me occupied at work!
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?My great grandma was named Cora.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?mmmmmm...I don't remember but it was probably yesterday.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yep 2. Jake and Megan
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? see #6 but honestly, not a whole lot.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Never ever, ever. Not in a million years
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don't really like cereal but if I have to...something boring like Special K
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Vanilla. boring huh?
15. RED OR PINK? Today? Pink. Tomorrow maybe red
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? No pants. I'm wearing a black skirt and black shoes.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Southwest Chicken Salad from McDonalds. Not bad. But that was yesterday at lunch. Yeah, I'm kinda hungry now.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? People in my office talking...Keybords clicking.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Pete's face after he shaves. My kids fresh out of the tub.
28. EYE COLOR? Brown
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Mexican.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Scarry movies with happy endings. I totally like both
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? 100% SUMMER. I HATE to be cold
35. HUGS OR KISSES? hugs
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ummm I don't know. Who ever is bored like me.
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Jude. Because she takes forever between posts! :o)
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? ummm I think it's called Vanished. I can't remember who wrote it. But it's really good! I'm almost done with it.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Apparently, my company is too cheap for mouse pads. 41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? Nothing. :o)
42. FAVORITE SOUND? my kids laughing at eachother
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Totally Beatles. But like before Srgt. Pepper. "Yesterday" will always be one of my favorite songs
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? ummm I don't know. My thumbs are double jointed. 46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? North Hollywood, CA.
47. WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU LIKE? me and Jake both would like to be able to fling webs at eachother like Spiderman.

I tag............BEM and Carla

Thursday, June 21, 2007

So, I've really been trying to persevere through the boredom today and not post. Not because I didn't want to post, but because I don't want to bore you all or make you all think I'm a boring or unhappy person. Sometimes it's so much easier to see negative things. Why IS that? It should totally be opposite. There are so many good things right in front of us. I've been searching online all day. I've been looking at container gardens. Gardens in general are just inspirational. It's living art, really. I've been looking at container gardens because I live in a very small space. My house is large enough....but the space IT dwells in is not. We don't have too much yard, it's really just a small patio. I've really been wanting to spruce it up. It's dusty and dirty out there. And the plants I do have look a little bleak. I am no green thumb. That would be my mother. But I think gardening in containers...such as terra cotta pots and things like that might be something I could tackle. I have been able to keep my african violet alive for 2 years now...and it blooms profusely all the time. Everyone I know always says their african violets never bloom. I figure I must be doing something right. Right? So anyways, that's on my list of to-do's. That list, by the way, seems to grow bigger everyday. I have a list for so many things. List of scrapbook pages, list of new artsy things I want to try, list of things to buy, list of places to go, and looky's a list of lists. See how easily lists are created? My list of creative things to do has just been growing and growing. Partly from this nothing to do all day and then combined with the power of the internet. So much coolness out there. Like this. Most of you crafty ones have probably been to this blog before. But if you haven't...its pretty neat. These two ladies live on different coasts and every day they post a picture of their morning. Just pictures. No words. In all my boredom today, I browsed through all 150 (or something like that) days. It's amazing how something so mundane can be so visually beautiful and inspiring. And then there is this. Daily art cards. Really, really cool. And my friend Kim has been doing some of her own. This last one is super cute! Sitting here all day with nothing to do, sure makes me dream about all things I could be doing! I keep thinking I could tackle these art cards, but so far I have yet to start any. And of course there is Kal. My goodness. Nuff said. Right now as I type this, I've got 10 different things going through my head about different projects I want to do. I'm meant for more than this. I just know it. If I think lightly about the first 6 months of 2007, I'd probably not have very many positive things to say about this year. But truly, when I really think about, this year has really been a lot about self discovery for me. I'm really learning about who I want to be and what I really want to do. (when I grow up! ha ha ha!)
Well, I guess I better be off. I just got a call from my MIL. Jake just threw up. *ugh* i don't get it. I don't know what it is wrong.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

there's no such thing

Did you know....there really is no such thing as the stomach flu. Really. It's true. I just Googled it.
I stayed home the last to days with sick kids that did not have the stomach flu. They were throwing up and had diarrhea...but they did not have the stomach flu. All Google searches came up with a clear answer that there is no such thing. That the "flu" is a respiratory condition caused by a virus. Stomach "flu" is also caused by a virus....but not the same virus. Ok jeeze! But come on....don't we all still call it the flu? A bug is a bug, is a bug...know what I mean? So what if we call it the flu? Why do we have to be so technical all the time? I came back to work this morning and miss know it all had to clearly point out that there was no such thing as the stomach flu. So what. Whatever. Yeah, she's right and I'm ok with that. But seriously why do we have to be so technical? I worked with a guy once that was like that. I was talking about ice cream and how I've always loved rainbow sherbert. I wasn't even talking to him...but he had to turn around and butt in and let me know that sherbert is not ice cream, it's sherbert and that it's not sherBERT it's really sherBET. Then he turned around to his computer, brought up Microsoft Word and typed in both and did spell check. He was right it really is sherBET. He even went to Baskin and Robins website to prove it to me. But don't we all call it sherBERT? Everyone I know (except him) calls it sherbert. Who cares anyway?! If you're right, you're right...and I'm ok with that. But like I you really care that much?
So yeah, both kids have been sick all weekend. It started with Megan on Friday. When I woke her up she had thrown up in her bed. I just thought it was had been pretty hot so I thought maybe she'd gotten over heated or something. But later that night she had gotten diarrhea. And she's had it ever since. And Sunday Jake threw up. And then again last night. And I was sick Sunday too. I took them to the doctor yesterday and was told that Megan's issues were due to teething. Ummmm...I know that teething can cause the diarrhea, but like this?? (I won't go into details...i'm sure you can's bad, really bad.) Come on people. I know there's nothing they could do anyways. A virus just has to run it's course. I know it.
So I'm back to work today...even though the I don't think they are all better. Is it horrible to admit that I needed a break from the poo and vomit and whining and crying? Does that make me a bad mother? If it's really bad my MIL will call me and I of course will come running.
Before the sickies started on Sunday, my MIL and I took the kids and 2 of my nieces up to the pool. Jake actually got in and had a good time! Before the afternoon was over, he actually was jumping off the side if one of us was there to catch him! Such an improvement from the day before. Well, a complete 180* to be honest! I knew it would just be a matter of time. It was so good to see him actually having fun. He even practiced his kicking and blowing bubbles. So we're getting there! Baby steps.
I have nothing else interesting to report! I hope everyone is better by this weekend so we can go to the pool again.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The boy and his red shoes...

Do you see these silly things? Yes, that would be my son, Jake and his new red Salt Water sandals. So, he and Megan and cousin Blake were hanging out with Grandma Ruth (Pete's mom) on Friday. I bought Jake 2 pairs of really cute flip-flops in the beginning of summer and he refuses to wear them. SO he's been wearing his old tennies with out socks. Yeah he's not into socks right now either. What is a mother to do?! Anyways, Friday he, Blake and Megan all go to the park with Grandma...he gets in the car and takes his shoes off. "eeeww" he says. "My feet TINK!" Well, duh...sweaty feet in tennies with no socks equal tinky feet! So Grandma takes them all to the shoe store and this is what they come home with. Red shoes. I guess it was Blake who picked them out...because of course, he had to have new shoes too. Oh, they had other blue, brown, tan. But no, they had to have red. And they both think these are the best shoes any boy could ever have! Grandma took them to the pool and they wouldn't even take them off to get in the water. I'm not saying they're horrible or anything. But why red? Red just doesn't go with everything like blue or brown would! *sigh* Oh well. My cute boy and his red shoes! Whatcha gonna do?

And this little girl...She's on the move! She's been crawling around like crazy for the last 3 weeks or so. I swear, she's just turned into a big girl over night. She's into everything. Of course. I found her in the bathroom the other day chewing on a q-tip. Nice. How is it that I've forgotten about all the baby things, babies do? Not only is she crawling, but she's pulling up on everything. I found her standing in her crib the other day. How could this be? She is my sweet baby! She's still in the infant seat in the car (because I'm too cheap to by a new car seat) but she's been sitting up in the shopping cart now....and pulling everything she can reach off the shelf at Safeway. Seriously, when did she become a baby, baby? A grown up baby? THEN, I go in her room the other night...just to peek in on her before I go to bed. I peek over the crib and there she is sleeping on her tummy! I'm that parent who does just what the doctor tells you and puts her babies on their backs to sleep. I know we all slept on our tummies, but those Dr's and nurses can really scare the crap out of a first time mom. So Jake and Meg both were put to sleep on their backs. BUT they both really liked to sleep that way. Anyways, she's been able to roll over since she was 3 months old. But it just shocked me to see her sleeping on her tummy. She's never done that before. And she looked so wonderfully content. I just can not believe she's going to be one in two and a half months.
I'll leave you with this pic...this is Jake at the pool today. And consequently, this is what he looks like every time I've taken him to the pool. What a grouch. But the funniest thing is, every time we get home, he tells me how much fun the pool was. Tell me, how is moping around and not getting wet fun? Who knows. But I'm just going to keep taking him there. One day he will get in! LOL!!

P.S. I took Megan in the big pool with me today and she absolutely loved it!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I should know better than to eat.

Seriously. I need to remember that certain things like cream cheese and sweet coffee and ice cream tear up my tummy! I can't help it though. When someone brings fresh bagels into the office are you not supposed to partake in the eating of said bagel? How can you possibly pass by without snagging a bite?

Yes, this would be more ramblings of my bored brain. I'm warning you now! First, note to Jude: I laughed so hard when I read your comment yesterday! I so wish I could do that! She said to make my job more interesting, I should enter things wrong in the computer just so I could go back and fix them! Dude, if I had something to actually input into the computer, I would be all over that! I've had a tiny bit more to do today than yesterday. And it's almost 2:30 so that's a good thing.

2 oddly funny things...#1: I went to Baja Fresh for lunch today. I love mexican food. I could eat it every day. Anyway, so yeah, there was this pretty little Latina girl at the counter taking my order. I was looking at her make up. She had sparkly brown and white eye shadow in like perfect triangles and then painted on black eye liner that went way past her actual eye. But that wasn't what got me. I'm standing there looking at her going "what is so odd about this girl??" I couldn't quite figure it out. I gave her my money, stepped back and then all of a sudden it hit me. She was completely eyebrow-less! She had NO eye brows. Not even painted on ones. All I could think about was the last episode of Greys Anatomy...Where Christina turns around and says something like "Mother got me" to Meridith. I can't remember the exact quote, but if you watch the show, you know exactly what I'm talking about. She turns around and her eye brows are gone, just like Burkes mother. So funny. So that's all I could think of when I looked at this girl and I couldn't help but snicker just a bit.

Oddly funny thing #2: Well, maybe this isn't really funny. But it is odd. And forgive me for the crudeness of it. I'm talking about bathrooms....public bathrooms. Do you ever wonder what the heck people do in there? So we share a bathroom with about 5 other suites on this floor of our building. I go in there to do my business, and one stall is currently occupied. I give the girl in there the courtesy of the "one stall in-between rule". Does anyone else do that besides me? If there is clearly room for an open stall in between me and the other person i'll go to the next stall over just so we both have a little more privacy. Anyways I'm sitting there and I hear a muffled sound of the toilet flushing. She's still sitting. Ok. Whatever. Then I hear the unrolling of the toilet paper holder. some more muffled sounds....then here we go with the paper again. I'm done by this point, I flush and get ready to exit the stall. Then I hear more unrolling of toilet paper. What in the heck is she doing with all that TP? Do I really want to know? No, I decide. I do not. But I stood there, washed my hands, I even lingered there a bit messing with my hair to see if she'd come out, or at least flush. Nope, just more unrolling of the TP again. Ok, have I lost you all now? You all think I'm crazy don't you? I DID warn you, didn't I? I know there are certain circumstances where a little extra TP might be necessary, but I don't think there was any left on the roll when she was done. Am I the only one that thinks these things? I'm a total bathroom snob aren't I? I'm sorry if you're the girl with all the TP.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I've run out of things

to Google. Is that even possible?! LOL! Super boring week here at work. Michelle is even on vacation. She is my counterpart so I have to do her work too. And she obviously has none to do either. Could you imagine if she were here? I'm sure we'd be arguing about something! LOL!!

Yep, I have totally nothing new to forgive me for the random ramblings of my brain. A few of you asked about the ranch stuff being stolen and insurance...Well, I'm not entirely sure, but I would assume it's all covered by insurance. But I know it takes a while to get the claim in and the money back. And who knows if we'll get all that it was worth, you know? I don't really know too much about it. But we're moving on...there's not much else to do. Pete as taken a real positive attitude about it and is just going to keep going. He really would like to know who did it though. He's one to easily trust people, but I think we've learned the hard way that you can't always be that way.

Today I'm inspired by this. Really good stuff here. I'm going to the dollar store at lunch to see if I can find me a notebook to start. I've been thinking about it for a while now, just never did it The first thing I want to put in it is a copy of that newsletter and who knows what kind of treasures I can find at the dollar store!

Jake and I are going to attempt the pool again tonight. I think he thought that is was HIS pool and maybe he didn't expect other people to be there? I don't know. He's also like me though, he does NOT like to be cold. The wind was blowing pretty good on Sunday so maybe he thought he'd be cold when he got out. And for sure he would have been! It's supposed to be warmer today and I think (hopefully) the wind will die down. We'll see what happens.

See, I told ya, nothing new here!

I'm starving...going to go see what I can dig up for lunch!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Monday, Monday...

Back to the grind. I'm ready for a vacation...or a weekend something. Like camping. I love camping. Didn't go last year because of the baby in the belly. Funny thing about starting a new job. You lose all seniority and you can't use any vacation till you've been there for 6 months. Poop. That means all summer I got nothin! 3 more months until Hawaii!!! But, I'm hoping to plan maybe a little weekend get away sometime soon.
I had high hopes for this weekend. You know, a little family time, good food, sunshine...that sort of thing. Well, it didn't turn out exactly like I planned. It wasn't really a bad weekend....But it could have been better. Our community pool opened on Saturday. They were having a big grand opening with a BBQ and prizes and all kinds of fun stuff. We were all anticipating it all week. So Saturday came and Pete and Jake got up to go to the ranch. The plan was, go up there, feed the animals, and come right back in time to go up to the pool by 1 o'clock. So Megan and I hung out all morning. I felt a slight head ache coming on, but decided to ignore it. I got her to take a nap so she'd be refreshed for the afternoon. Then right about 1...the phone rings. It's Pete. He says they're not going to be able to make it. "Why? What happened??" Well, someone broke into the ranch. Someone stole about 10-15 thousand dollars worth of tools, equipment, the ranch truck and a motorcycle. I could not freaking believe it. I felt so bad for him. The last 8 months of blood, sweat and tears....all for what? For some one to come and take it all away? Talk about being kicked in the gut. The worst thing is, it was probably someone we know. It had to have been. They new what they were coming for. They knew what was there. I mean this ranch is SO far out in the middle of no where. The house and barn sit at least a half mile off the road. This wasn't some random burglary. It's just such a sinking feeling. But we're not going to let it get us down. What can you do, right? So, we'll just keep moving on.
The slight head ache I mentioned earlier, quickly turned into a massive migraine. The kind where you feel kind of sick to your stomach. But Megan wouldn't allow mommy to be sick, so I took her for a walk up to the pool. I got our keys and talked to a few neighbors and then just headed back home. Jake and Pete didn't get home until after 9....exhausted and dirty from head to toe.
Sunday was church and that was about it. In the afternoon I took Jake up to the pool. We get up there, walk in the gate and the little bugger decides he doesn't want to go. Man, that ticked me off! I don't know why, but he'd been talking about it all day, then we get there and he wouldn't even put one toe in. I'm going to try again this weekend. I think he might have been overwhelmed with how big it is and all the people. So we'll see what happens with that. I want him to learn how to swim!
Anyway, so that's about all that's going on around here. Not too exciting, huh?
Wishing you all a happy day.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Layouts to share

Just a quick post to show these two new pages. I really love them both. The first is of mothers day in San Francisco. Check it out...14 pictures on one page. Cool. Took journaling strait from the blog here and it's on that little tag behind the main picture.
This one is just a fun one of Megan in January at about 5 months old. I love the way it turned out. Thanks Carla, for the inspiration for tearing! :D
That's about it for now. I seem to be in a better mood. Feeling really creative lately and I love that thanks to all my girls I get tons of inspiration every day. Feeling better about work too. I'm thinking maybe I caused enough scruff the other day that she's kind of backed off. It's a good thing. Going to lunch with some of the girls from my old office tomorrow. I haven't seen them since I left so I'm really looking forward to it. I miss them. Anyways, I better go help Pete fold laundry before he comes looking for me! Thanks for all the happy vibes about all my stress. It seriously made me feel loads better!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Note to self

Do not talk about kids, politics or religion or pets at work. She makes me want to quit. I about came undone today. Yes, I am sensitive but this time she hit me in the gut. You know, what has the world come to when you have to be so careful about what you say everywhere you go. I feel like I can't even say it here because you never know who is going to read it and take it the wrong way. But I think you all know I'd never do anything to hurt my kids. I'm just shocked right now. I guess I'm shocked at my own naivete. I should know better...especially by now and all the other issues I've had with her. Hmmm and now as I'm typing this, she's threatening someone else that she's going to call the SPCA on them. SHUT UP. Jeeze she thinks she holier than tho.

I just need to vent. I hate that you guys have all this negitive stuff to read from me. If you want to know exactly what I'm talking about let me know and I'll email you directly. If not, thanks for listening. I need to do Kal's 1+1+1 and write myself a better future than this.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

It's just so hard to be a boy

That's what Jake said to me tonight when I was putting him to bed. He was standing up on the bed getting ready to hug me like usual...he asked if we were going to Grandma Ruth's tomorrow. I said no, tomorrow is another "stay at home day" and that we'll probably go to church. I can't remember now exactly what he said, but it was some sort of back talk. He's been doing that a lot lately...and a lot today. So I gave him a little slap on the back of his leg and told him he better straighten up...his daddy is going to be home in a couple of days and we don't want to give him a bad report. That's when he leaned over, put his head on my shoulder and his arms around me and said, "oh momma...It's just so hard to be a boy". He melts my heart! I wish he'd stay this way forever.

Friday, June 01, 2007


To yesterday's "bit-o-fit" I had.....Well, I realize now that I may have just been kind of ticked in the heat of the moment. I can't help it. I'm a red head. We're known for our hot tempers! So ....This guy in the office was talking about how his little 1 year old daughter loves the show "Boo-Ba". Ok, I have no idea what the heck Boo-Ba is, but apparently it's like some Teletubby type show. So Michelle (miss know it all) says, "your kids don't watch Boo ba?!" Ummm No. "oh yeah, you guys don't really watch TV". Nope. (I watch most of my TV online after kiddies have gone to bed) "Oh" and then as she give me that "you're such a fool" look....and in her best know it all, condescending voice,"You're not going to be able to get away with that for very much longer...Once Jake goes to school all the other kids are going to think he's weird"...... And, so you think that's going to make me go run out and get a TV in his room or something? Wrong. What about reading books? What about actually playing? You know what? Yeah, my kids are going to want to watch TV. So what. Hello, didn't your mom teach you...Just because you want something doesn't mean you get it. Michelle just thinks I'm Soooooo conservative and my kids are going to resent me when they're older. Well you know what? They probably will. Who doesn't blame their parents for something, you know? I have nothing against TV. I LOVE TV! My kids see plenty of TV. We watch movies all the time, we go to movies. Pete and I just didn't want TV to be what we did every night...and for a while it was. So we've cut way back and I don't allow Jake to sit in front of it all day. (cuz he totally would if I let him!) And why in the HECK would I need to justify this to anyone? You know what I mean?
Anyways, so that's what I was all irritated about yesterday. I just get frustrated with people. I get frustrated with myself because I don't like confrontation and I sometimes just back down or walk away. I'm very sensitive and I don't like when people, anybody, acts like they know everything. It totally bugs me. (cuz..uhhh I already know everything! duh!) I came to a conclusion today...Michelle is like Rosie O'Donnell. A very sweet person, who has a kind heart and does some very nice things for people. But if you don't believe her same ideas, then you're stupid. Come on...isn't that exactly how Rosie is?
I hope no one is offended by anything I've said here. This is a lesson for myself ...I need to remember to not get so bothered by other people so much. But I think that is exactly my point to this whole entry...It's ok to have a difference of opinion. That's what makes the world interesting. And if your going to be honestly passionate about your opinion...respect the others who are passionate about theirs. (rewind...note to self!) Passion about what you believe in is not cowardly.