Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Last night I learned about a philosophical practice taken on by some young adults called Straight Edge. I've wiki'd it and while I now feel more educated, it is just one more thing to add to my list of mommy worries. Did our parents worry about the future for us as much as I sometimes worry about it for my boys?
We also learned this week that a lifelong friend of Hubby's is going to be a grandpa. Yeah, pretty exciting stuff. Of course, it would be more exciting if the expectant father was done with college and had a job before taking on the role of dad. But, our friends are being supportive which is really all you can do when your children get themselves into such trouble. Help them work through it. I guess that part of parenting you never outgrow, eh?
That and the worrying...
Monday, June 25, 2007
It could be worse: my friends are leaving in the morning for California. And karma is not on their side as they learned last night the house they'd made arrangements to rent MONTHS ago burned in the Tahoe Fires that are still raging.
Back to Google I go...and well, maybe 2 nights wouldn't be such a bad thing? It is hotter than hot here on the Front range. Two nights of slightly cooler, definitely fresher mountain air might be refreshing.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
- Cropped till we dropped. Especially Colleen. She has discovered the ease of using top loading albums. There was no stopping that "weekend-cropping virgin". I managed to get about 16 pages done which was pretty good considering how I tinkered and tweaked a couple of my pages. (photos to follow later on, the battery on the camera is recharging).
- Snacked till we popped. Thanks to TZ. She stopped at Super Target on the way there. Tons of food, even a JUMBO box of Junior mints that some how ended up in my bag. Oh yeah, I suppose my bringing over Maggianos figured into the excess of food consumed this weekend.
- Because I really like TZ, I won't show the picture I took of her. But look at the Waspina in the pretty hat on the posting about the Finish Line. That is her.
- Laughed till we couldn't stop. Thanks to Carol and her insistence that she had remained a good Catholic girl until her wedding night, and my willingness to believer her. . Oh, and there were some others contributing to the laughter, like Dodi's most awesome t-shirt designs celebrating 40 years of Marcie.
- And mostly, we all just took time out of our busy lives to celebrate that gift we call Friendship.
Gee, how come nobody else has a 40th birthday coming up soon? I am so liking this getting away for the weekend concept!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
- the challenge: Just write. Stream of consciousness. Doesn't matter if it even makes sense. Who cares if it flows. Just start. Just type whatever pops into your brain. Go.
Man, my head hurts this morning. did i take some allergy/sinus/headache stuff. Yeah I did, I left the water glass on the counter. Coffee probably making it worse. who cares. I love my morning cup of Joe. would people be surprised to learn I talk to myself a lot. need to find out what time the classes are going to the park for their picnic. promised to bring the boys mcdonalds and extra fries for their friends. come home. clean up the basement. work on teachers gift. fold laundry from yesterday, start laundry for today. make some long overdue cards. check with aunt Phyllis to make sure that we can stay with them next month or should we stay in a hotel with a pool ?but the boys aren't as excited about just swimming as they once were. Tired. Is it Friday yet? Take out the trash. Figure out which smoke detector is beeping. quit talking to myself: let it go, it isn't a big deal. Uh oh Gotta go . coffee is kicking in. am I done talking? no I've always got something more to say. that's a problem I should work on. work out: walk this morning with Sherri: my favorite new morning ritual second only to the cup of coffee. look are we almost out of good coffee? Yeah there is always folgers, but it is FOLGERS for goodness sake. Emergency use only. add it to the grocery list. now I really have to go potty. outta here. Still talking to myself.
Whew...I'm tired but it feels good to take that conversation and release it.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Oh man, Mr. Modesty? I don't know if I can handle two extremes: a boy who thinks his shorts are too short and a boy who thinks if you've got underwear on, you are good to go in the clothing requirement.
So, this morning I came just short of begging him to please put on some shorts (it is supposed to reach 90 degrees this afternoon). He complied with my request, and came over, pointed to the waist band (very snug I noticed) "See, I told you they are too short for my belly!".
Light bulb moment for Mom. I laughed as I explained that would be too tight, not too short.
Add to today's to do list: Buy Boy some not so short shorts....
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Here it is..
ARCHAEOLOGY: the study of material remains
- What's the oldest article of clothing you still wear?: I'd guess it is a sweatshirt from some time in the late 1990s.
- What's the oldest article of clothing you won't get rid of? There are a couple items stashed in a closet that were made by mom/grandma that for sentimental reasons I can't part with.
- When was the house/building you live in built? Hubby will correct me on this one, but early 1990s. ?1992 I believe
- What in your fridge needs to be thrown out? while it is clear of old food, something sticky spilled that needs to be wiped up.
BIBLIOLOGY: the study of publication
- What are you reading? Right now, blogs and message boards, but I have two books from the library I'd like to start on.
- Do you have a favorite quote? Live Love Laugh
- What's the most recent music you purchased? I keep telling you, I'm very musically impaired.
- What book could you read again without being bored? The Red Tent
CARDIOLOGY: the study of the heart
- How old were you the first time you fell in love? in my 20s.
- What charities do you have a heart for? Breast cancer and autism awareness
- What's the best way someone can show their love for you? listening to me, standing by my side during troubled times.
- Name five things you "love": family, friends, high speed internet, crafts and reading
PHYSIOLOGY: the study of physical function
- Are you right-handed or left-handed? Left because you all know we are the only ones in our right minds!
- Do you like your smile? yes, but these extra chins I keep developing seem to be detracting from my appreciation of my smile. Gotta work too hard to make sure the smile looks natural without the chins overpowering the look.
- What's your best feature? a physical attribute? Well, I guess I'd say my eyes.
- Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Wisdom teeth?
- Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? Intuition, I know not one of the 5 but it is my keenest so there.
OMNOLOGY: the study of everything
- What color do you think looks best on you? Periwinkle. I once heard everyone looks good in it and I think that's right.
- Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? No, that talent seems to be reserved for Thing One.
- What's your favorite flavor of gum? TMJ: try to avoid it. In a pinch of halitosis with no access to a breath mint, I"ll go with something minty.
- Where's the first place you went today? to the coffee supply cabinet.
- Do you stand or sit in the shower? except for when I broke my foot, I am a stander.
AXIOLOGY: the study of the nature of values and value judgments
- Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000? if I get to pick the time and the street.
- Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? As long as it isn't French smooching
- Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? I guess if there was a magazine that targeted saggy boobs and thunderous thighs, sure why not?
- What value is of utmost importance to you in a friend? loyalty
- Would you accept an indecent proposal for $1,000,000? I'd talk it over with Hubby, but yeah, assuming it doesn't involve anything anal...why not we could use the cash.
TECHNOLOGY: usage and knowledge of tools
- What's the last movie you saw? Family movie night last night: Night at the Museum
- What's the first website you visit when you log on?check my email
- What's your ring tone? I don't know, the phone rings so infrequently.
- Would you quit blogging for $25,000? Finally, a tough one. Since it has become a way for me and my busy friends to chat with each other when we each have a free moment, it would be a hard call because staying connected with my friends despite our busy schedules is very important to me. I guess, but we'd all have to use that $ to get together regularly and catch up.
- What piece of equipment do you wish you owned? The thought that there is a gadget out there that we don't own just seems simply impossible to imagine.
GENEALOGY: the study of relationships within families
- Is there a specific family member you're really missing right now? my mom of course
- Who is your oldest living relative? I'm thinking there is a great aunt out there still alive but as for close relatives, we've lost most of my grandma's generation, so I guess some Uncle in his late 70s? My grandmothers did make it into their 90s but we've moved on to the next generation is seems.
- Are you named after anyone? according to family, no. Which just seems odd because Martha is so old fashioned, you'd think I was named after somebody.
- Is there anyone really famous in your family tree nope, but I"m sure we've got a couple skeletons in the closet. Doesn't everyone?
Friday, June 15, 2007
Aside from that, we're looking at another quiet weekend. I should be all motivated to tend to some tasks around the house. But, I"m not...so here I sit.
The boys are entering the homestretch of their school year and I can honestly say I've got mixed emotions. For Thing Two, the year can't end soon enough. He fell under the teacher's radar and well, that's pretty sad for me as a mom to realize that my son's quiet nature resulted in him being left on his own. Oh sure, he's about where he should be but at the same time..imagine where he MIGHT be if he'd had a teacher interested in the student as an individual not part of a collective mass that just needs to meet the minimum expectations for his grade.
And then there is Thing One's teacher where everything she does has made me think "she really is passionate about her profession". Thing One didn't make all the progress I'd hoped he would make but imagine how much further behind he would be if he had NOT had this extremely hard working teacher trying her darnedest to get him up to speed.
We use the phrase night and day when describing differences in two similar yet very different objects. Without a doubt, the teachers my boys had this year were "night and day" different in the passion for which they practiced their profession.
Yet another thing I hope to teach my boys...bring passion to your work. Whether you choose a career in the service or some other job...approach it with passion. Your efforts will be rewarded if you do so.
Apparently, one kid accidentally tripped another kid and the tripped kid said "you owe me". And somewhere in this conversation Thing Two decided that meant paying the tripped one some cash. I tried my best to talk him out of this but I could see he was pretty anxious about it all, and yet the facts and the timing of his concern just didn't add up. Listening to his story sounded like he'd taken bits and pieces of all sorts of past encounters and created one huge Friday Morning Fear. Add in that all of this unfolds in the five minutes before we head out the door for school...and well, yes, he left home with $1 in his pocket to pay his friend's debt.
Odds are there is a momma who is going to discover an extra dollar in her daughter's pocket and say "Where did this come from?" and I'm guessing the little girl will say "I have NO idea, But Thing Two insisted I take it and I didn't want to hurt his feelings".
Man...I'm gonna miss the innocence of first grade (but that is about all I"ll miss!)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
But, I must.
I need to.
I will not get the satisfaction I need no matter how much I harp on it.
Enough. The matter has been dropped.
It is time to bring out the fun.
And since I've been in a funk all week, I haven't had much fun to share. For your laugh of the day, go read about a creative way to handle an annoying phone call.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Seriously, we gathered the coven last night for the first viewing of this second season of Big Love. My initial impression was "OK" but as I pondered the theme last night, it made a little more sense. Every marriage, whether involving 1 wife or 3, goes through some tough spots where you look at it and think are we where we thought we'd be, are we secure in the roles we all hold and if not, what is it we want to change (I'm thinking mostly of the story line for Barb last night).
Oh, who am I kidding. It is a show on HBO for crying out loud. Not a documentary on PBS....lets get back to the real questions: were those not the best mojitos you've had in a long time? And what makes a Mormon a Jack Mormon? Does it imply he doesn't know Jack about his faith? Or is he the wayward brother of Joe? Off to goggle the term since our resident member of the church couldn't answer our questions (although she did a great job of sharing other parts of her faith).
Thanks ladies, I had a blast. Sure hope our other sister wife, Dodi can join us next time!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
She sure is pretty isn't she?
Last night I was watching Entourage. For someone who is fascinated by the celebrity scene (are drugs really that plentiful I wonder with my Midwestern naivety), this is a fun show. You just have to tune out the F bombs being dropped.
Thing Two comes in and asks me "What are you watching?"
I had already reached for the remote and put the player on pause, when I said "Honey, you can't watch this with me, there is too much grown up talk".
"Oh don't worry Mom, I won't say any of the cause words".
The what? I asked him...
"You know the cause words...like, well, I can't say them, can I spell them?"
*still dazed and perplexed I said OK...yes, spell one..
he points to his hiney and says you know...cause word like A.S.S.
Oh...cue the rolling on the floor laughter...you mean CUSS words.
Um no...you still can't watch the show because there is a bunch of other grown up things going on (making it my kind of show!).
Saturday, June 09, 2007
You there? Either do your homework or go outside and play.
We've had enough belly aching for this week, time to relax and recharge our batteries!
Friday, June 08, 2007
I've had enough...
Do not disturb, as I appear disturbed enough...thank you very much...
*now the true test will be whether this person who was the target of my frustration can handle it in a mature fashion. Good people can. They realize I was just being blunt. I'm not really mean spirited by nature. (because if I were then I'd be a sociopath and that's a totally different issue)Odds are she'll put her pretty little face into a pout that will carry her through until next year for sure.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
And now, my fellow blog pal and neighborhood coven member, Colleen can't seem to remember where she left her daughter. Preschool, right? Nope, seems Colleen forgot to take her daughter to school in the first place. Kind of hard to pick up your daughter from school when you never got her from the baby sitter's in the first place.
*you had to be there, but it was rather funny. Her older daughter stole the moment though when she honestly asked her mom "can you forget to take me to school tomorrow?"
Yep...something in the wind...because surely it has nothing to do with our age or hair color!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Aside from reading, I also was able to steal away down to the craft room to play for awhile. It's been a long stretch( by my standards) and it felt good to play. The photos weren't the most inspiring (sometimes there is a reason that they sit there unscrapped for close to 2 years). But, once I found the right sketch and the right paper, I"m pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?
Saturday, June 02, 2007
- lawn mowers
- hair dryers
- video games
- the obnoxious vent over the stove.
It is a beautiful day here. I've got the windows wide open. And while I"m glad that one of the neighbors is doing some lawn chores (sadly not the ones with weeds covering their backyard), the sound of his lawnmower is enough to drive me to drink.
Oh who am I kidding? The sound of the five boys I'm tending to makes me crave alcohol...I"m just looking for supporting evidence to allow me to pop open a cold one long before it is 5 o'clock ANYWHERE!
- "Every child is an artist.The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."-Pablo Picasso
Reflect on this quote. What was the first piece of art your created? Were you artistic as a child? Did you love to color? Did you learn any art forms - needle arts, painting, sculpting? Did anyone nurture your creativity? Were you drawn to any specific type of art? Has your child created something that he was proud of? Are you still an artist today? In what way? Do you consider scrapbooking an art? Choose any aspect you like, but incorporate a childhood artist somehow into your story. Dig deep, and have fun discovering your forgotten childhood artist
I'm sure if my parents were available for comment, they would have some truly embarrassing story involving me and art created on an inappropriate surface using a non-kid appropriate medium. But since they aren't around, I can only guess that yes, I enjoyed creative expression since I was a child. I can't recall the first piece of art. Nobody in the family was big into keeping those preschool masterpieces. There are a few odds and ends drawings stuck in a box that somebody thought worth saving, but no real story behind any of it.
Now as an adult looking back, I think of myself more as a crafter than an artist. I guess because next to nothing I make is an original idea. Sure I take a pattern and make it my own. But to make something start to finish without any copying involved, it happens so infrequently that I just don't think about it much.
And yet, I am perfectly OK with all of this! Before taking up scrapbooking, I was a huge cross stitcher. I still have a couple of my favorite works tucked away here and there. One of my first projects I made and had framed was for my great uncle. He loved trains and so one year we made him a train. I'd long forgotten about it. Until one day, a package arrived containing the cross stitched train piece. Uncle Jack had passed away. Somebody (either my dad or my aunt) noticed my name on the back and sent it back to me. How perfect to receive this piece of work...especially as I was pregnant with Thing Two, expecting my second son who would one day become fascinated with trains as much as his great great Uncle Jack did.
That's what makes me pursue my current favorite craft with such passion. The thought that someday my boys will look at our family albums with their children and be reminded of the many fun things we enjoyed as a family.
It really is all about telling the story, isn't it?
Friday, June 01, 2007
Initially, Fran calls her husband while I dig out my cell phone to call mine. While doing so, my mind immediately races to the "how do I pick up my kids from school, Hubby has his motorcycle, and I refuse to ride on the back" to a quick "oh, what kind of car should I get as a replacement?". Such a full blown conversation goes on in my brain in a matter of seconds. Some folks see their lives flash before them in a moment of panic and crisis. Nope. I saw an assortment of really pretty mini-SUVs in my mental image. Most were silver by the way and had that Mercedes star on the hood!
When suddenly Fran looks up from her call and said "it would help if we were standing in front of the RIGHT restaurant, wouldn't it?"
I belly laughed till well, I almost had a moment of incontinence to go with my senior moment.
Good fun, good times and most importantly, shared with a truly good forever friend!