Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tomorrow night is the big night. We are heading to our church for 'trunk or treat'. I don't know if that's something that they do in other parts of the country or not but people fill their trunks with candy and hand it
My daughter's school is also having a 'hoedown' tomorrow afternoon. It is basically a Halloween party without the costumes. After the hoedown all the kids head back to the class rooms for a sugar fest, I mean snacks.
Tonight was Christmas Play practice for Little Miss. She did really well. She is the Angel Gabriel. She doesn't know all her lines by heart but is almost there. I stayed for the entire practice this week which was fun. She is certainly not afraid to be up on stage.
When we arrived home there was a message on the machine from someone wanting me to vote for Prop 102 (an amendment to the state constitution that would say marriage is between one man and one woman). Little Miss asked who the message was from and I tried to explain it. It went something like this:
Little Miss: "Who was on the phone?"
Me: "It was a message asking me to vote for Prop 102 about marriage."
LM: "Jack (a friend in her class) and I are going to get married."
Me: "Well, you need to finish high school and college first."
LM: "I am going to pregnant college."
Me: "What is pregnant college?"
LM: "It's where you have a baby."
Me: "No, you go to college, then get married, then have a baby."
LM: "Oh, I will have a baby while I am in college."
Me: "No (I repeated what I said above)"
LM: "And Jack and I are going to name our baby Boomer."
WHAT IN THE WORLD???? Someone please help me! Where in the world does this come from? The mom of a friend of hers just had a baby - maybe that's it. Why, at 6, is this so intriguing?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Please tell me I am not the only one outraged... I am hearing more and more about Sen. Obama's plan for 'redistribution of wealth'. I have heard quite a bit today and it really makes me sick to my stomach.
First, let me say that I am not against helping people who REALLY need help, I am not against a saftey net (ie. 13 weeks of unemployment, WIC, etc.), I am not against giving to charities you believe in, I am not against taking care of our own. I am nice and I am kind and I give to charities regularly. What I am against is the government taking more of my money for programs that are not working (the 'let's just throw more money out there, that'll help' mentality). I am not in the top 5% or so who would have my taxes increased according to Sen. Obama but would I like to be one day - YES, I would. And I don't expect people who have worked hard to build a business and earn a nice income to support me. Redistribution of wealth is not something that comes to mind when thinking of capitalism, is it? Oh, this is so wrong and so going to send our great country down a road on which we don't want to be. Check out things on your own: 'Google' redistribution of wealth and socialism. I am not saying socialism is wrong but it's not what our founding fathers had in mind, that's for sure. People risk their lives everyday to come into our country (another issue for another time). They must really want to live here. They see the opportunity available to everyone in the US - yes, we all have the same opportunity & some of us take advantage of it and some don't. That is one of the many choices we have in our great country. If you choose not to work as hard or go to school to learn a skill, that's your choice to make but the government should not be handing out someone else's money to you if you make that choice.
Well, that's it. While I welcome comments, please be gentle. I in no way intended to insult or offend any one. This is my opinion on one issue, pure and simple.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
visited 35 states (70%)
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have you been? Check out the above website to see what % of the country you have seen. I thought this was interesting and a fun little 'project'.
I had a whole post written that I saved as a draft about Sen Obama and the redistribution of wealth issue. I realized after writing it that no one really wants to read my 'opinion' - I mean that in a nice way. It felt good to just write it and no one really needs to read it. I won't sway anyone's opinion & that's what I wanted to do. :) Only 15 days until the election. Yippee.
A busy week is underway here. I am getting ready for my husband's birthday party on Sat, the 25th. I think we will have about 20 people at the party. Not too many but a nice crowd. Between cleaning and shopping and decorating I will be very busy.
My daughter's school is having a Fall Festival on Friday night. It's a really fun time with games and prizes and food in the school gym which is decorated for fall. I am really looking forward to going with the family. Should be a fun time.
I have a few things to finish up before I am of to bed. I am beat today for some reason...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Today I worked at my husband's office since his secretary is on vacation. Lots of help I was - here's my day -
- Drop kids at school
- Stop at Starbucks (priorities!)
- Stop at Staples and get some office supplies for hubby's office
- Arrive at office about 9:25
- Leave at 10:55 for daughter's 'no tardy picnic' (kids eat out on the grass if they have no tardies for the previous 9 weeks & parents join them)
- Find out I need to be back at school at 12:45 for the honor roll assembly
- Run home to get camera (5 minute drive, felt longer)
- Back at school at 12:45
- Meet husband for lunch at 1:20
- Go back to office and work until 3
- Run to bank to make deposit
- Pick up Little Miss from nice car pool friend's house
So, in my husband's words, I worked for '6 minutes' today. :) I am not sure how much help I was but the day flew by. I work again on Monday but it's my stamp club day so I'll be gone for about an hour and a half. This is why I am so very thankful for my flexible work at home job. I am so very very blessed to be able to do all these fun things at this time in my life and still work a bit and be with Little Miss when I need to.
This weekend we are going to be busy finishing up some lingering house projects in preparation for my husband's 40th b-day party next Saturday. I am going to try to shop for the non-perishable food items on Sunday after church. Next Friday morning I'll try to get all the perishables. Let's hope I can find lots of what I need on sale. I am all for frugal fun. It looks like we will have about 20-25 people here. We decided on an 'adults only' get together and I think most folks are happy to get a sitter and have a fun adult's night. I have one friend who 'can't find' a sitter & I feel bad but I found out that she will only have 3 people look after her kids (ages 5 1/2 and almost 3) & has been offered the use of others' sitters (ours included) and declined. I understand that she only wants certain people to care for her kids but I feel bad that they won't be at the party as they are very good friends. I considered telling her to bring them along but I don't think that's fair to the others that are looking forward to being away from their kids. So, I will continue to feel bad but hope that something changes & they can make it.
I am off to cook some dinner (a little late but we had a late lunch and Little Miss had a snack at my friend's).
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Little Miss (with hands on hips): I can't wear this shirt today. I didn't realize this is the one I put on (??).
Me: What is wrong with it?
LM: I don't like it.
LM: I don't like these orphan flowers.
Someone please, please let me know if you know what an orphan flower is...
(the shirt is white with lots of pink flowers all over the shirt. It really is cute, in my opinion.)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Only 3 weeks and this election is over...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Little Miss is off to school today after a week long fall break. She didn't want to go to school today since she thought she would miss me. Very sweet. We had a fun week and she was so good - even without alot of other kids to play with. She got straight A's on her report card (if I mentioned that already, I apologize) so this Friday she will get to have donuts with the principal along with the other kids who got straight A's. I think it is nice (although not necessary) to acknowledge the kids since they do work hard to get good grades. I only wish they didn't have donuts. But I guess 'Oatmeal with Mr. Davis' doesn't have the same ring to it as 'Donuts with Mr. Davis'. I bet there wouldn't be as many kids striving for A's either. :)
My husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary on Sat (the 11th). My daughter stayed overnight with my parents and we went out to eat. We talked about going out of town for the night but decided to stick close to home, relax and save some $$$. We tried a new Italian restaraunt in town and it was great. Really small, nice atmosphere and yummy food.
We are finally having some fall like weather. It cooled off on Friday a bit and then yesterday was just down right chilly. But we don't want to get too used to it yet as it will be in the 90's again by Friday. So I won't get the winter clothes out just yet.
My daughter starts hockey today. Roller hockey. I think she is excited but her schedule is going to be crazy now. I am sorry that we won't have as much down time. She has CCD today until 4:30 and then hockey at 6. It is just the first meeting/practice so her day may change. Last year they practiced on Tues and Thurs. And hopefully they will practice earlier than 6. I am not sure if they will practice 2 days this year or not since they will not be travelling. She has Daisy Girl Scouts every other Tuesday and church play practice on Thursdays. It could potentially be really crazy. I can't imagine having more than one child to schedule. I guess if there were more kids each of them would just do less.
I am off to do some work and maybe clean this office. It is really getting bad (again). I didn't get in here much last week except during the evening and I wasn't in the mood to clean at night after working on paper work for a couple hours. I definitely am a morning person..
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I have thanked my husband for giving me his cold. I don't think it's going to be too bad - I am at the 'blowing your nose a hundred times an hour' stage which is my least favorite. This could also explain the headache I have. My husband got it pretty bad but he seems to be on the mend now. Thanks to the cold I was up at 4:30 today. I am not tired yet but I know it will hit me soon. Probably at dinner or some other inopportune time.
Since I was up at 4:30 I got the OJ verdict news bright and early. I have to say that the first trial (when he was accused of killing his ex-wife & Ron Goldman) was seriously botched and there was nothing to really do but aquit him (my opinion) but if you don't believe in Karma yet, maybe this will be the turning point. Talk about finally getting your due justice. I feel so sorry for his kids.
My daughter had a friend from her class over to play today. They had fun and got along well so we will probably do it again. The little girl has a brother who is 6 years older so her weekends are similar to ours - looking for someone to play with. I am glad it worked out so well.
I did a little grocery shopping today. I went to Safeway where I hadn't been in about a month. I was stunned at how much their prices have gone up. It is just awful. I seriously need to try to start a garden. It is hard in our climate but some things will grow with some TLC. I have a lot of basil in a pot which I will freeze but I have a long way to go. Even if I can't have a garden I could can some things at the height of the season (read:inexpensive and fresh). The problem is that even at the height of our season the stuff in the grocery store is bad - I mean really bad. And that's in the summer; the winter is just downright sad. I always joke that the huge tomato trucks we see in I5 in CA are carrying the tomatoes that will be at our store & they are on the VERY BOTTOM of the load. I haven't had a really good tomato in 9 years since we left NC.
I need to feed the dog before I head out to dinner...
Friday, October 3, 2008
We had a parent teacher conference at 9 am. My mom came over to watch Little Miss (thank you) and I met my husband at school. It was a good conference. She got straight A's. The teacher says she is well behaved and that Little Miss gets visibly upset when other students interupt the learning time. I am thrilled she is doing well.
We went out to Walmart today (yes, I know I went last week, too). I needed a couple things and we had the time so off we went on our journey. They had these little bead kits - to make necklaces/bracelets - for $3.50. Quite the bargain but they were hidden on an end cap at the back of the craft aisle. We met my husband for lunch and then got gas , a car wash and went to the library for a while. I really like our library. We know all the ladies in the kid's section and since my daughter is well behaved in there (read: she whispers and doesn't run) they like us. We always come home with tons of books and a video or two. It is always a fun afternoon in there. So much for the kids to do and I get to read for a few minutes too.
Last night were the tryouts for my daughter's Christmas play at church. She got the part of the Angel Gabriel. I think she is excited - it's a decent sized part. She wanted to be Mary but an older girl got it. I told her that next year she could try out for Mary.
Well, I should be headed for bed soon. I got up at 3 am. Yes, I did. I woke up and heard this clomping in the playroom - it was the dog. What dog is up at 3 am?? I didn't want to shut the door since Little Miss was sleeping in there. So the dog just kept walking in and out of the room. Of course, no one woke up but me. My husband has a cold and was snoring like crazy - I am sure you heard it. Needless to say, I couldn't get back to sleep so I went out to the couch, turned on the TV and flipped from Fox Business to Lifetime for 2 hours. I spent most of the time on Lifetime watching "Trophy Wife" with Brooke Burns (of 'Dog Eat Dog' fame). Typical Lifetime movie - it was pretty good. I wonder what's on tonight.
My husband & I watched "The Ex-list" tonight. It's a new show on CBS. It was really cute. I am looking forward to seeing it next week. Try to catch it if you missed it tonight.
Tomorrow we might have a little friend over and Sunday my daughter has a birthday party to go to. We'll fill in the rest of the time with various house/errand type of things. It may actually rain here tonight. The last rain we had was around Labor Day - amazing, isn't it? It is 'only' supposed to be 88 tomorrow. Can't wait for it to cool off a little and start feeling like (an Arizona) fall...