Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Well, not really but hopefully by the weekend it will.

We arrived home from our trip to Utah this afternoon. It was about 34 degrees when we left this morning and when we pulled into our driveway this afternoon it was 77. Oh yes, it's Christmastime in Arizona.

We had a really fun trip. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, spent time with my sister and cousin, my daughter spent Friday at ski school, we watched a local production of 'Music Man' & shopped a bit on Friday (note to self: don't do this again.) We had pretty nice weather. Actually kind of warm but we did have some flurries on Thursday night.

As you can imagine, after being gone 5 days, I have oodles of things to accomplish this week. Tomorrow appears to be the craziest schedule of all: Take daughter to school, a dr. appt at 9, Stamp club at 9 (who knew that last year when I made the dr appt that it would coincide w/ my fun time - please make the appt go quickly), pick dog up from vet after stamp club, pick daughter up from school & take to CCD, pick up from CCD and take daughter to hockey. I am hoping I can fit in some time to go to the grocery to pick up some fresh fruit & veggies.

So, I will be back ASAP. Oh, I plan on putting some new things on my Etsy shop by Tuesday also so please take a look. Have a great week!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

And that is why we are leaving town for Thanksgiving for the first time in 10 years. :) Well, that's not really the reason but that Maxine is a hoot. I hope I am not that cynical when I get older. This will likely be my last post until Thanksgiving for various reasons so I wanted to take a chance to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all get to spend some quality time with your loved ones making some good memories.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just for fun...

Looks like 'People' got it right this year, don't you think? I am looking forward to seeing his new movie, 'Australia', too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Just another Manic Monday & Tuesday...

Yes, it's been one of those weeks, already. My plans to rein in things here at home have yet to come to fruition. I don't even remember all the details (that part might be age related) but I have been running around more than planned. Monday's a busy day anyhow since it's my carpool day to and from school. When I arrived to school on Monday my daughter's teacher said she couldn't meet with me after school on Wed to discuss my daughter's progress report but she could meet me at lunch on Monday. So at 11:15 I headed back to school. Went home when done - came back at 2:30 - took Little Miss and 2 friends to CCD - took car pool friend home - @ 4:30 picked up LM from CCD and went right to hockey. Home from hockey at 6:30'ish. yippee! I love my car. :)

Today I get into the car to take the kids to school and a light comes on that says 'check tire pressure on left passenger tire'- no tragedy but these things always scare me. So I drop of kids, run to Kmart, call hubby to see if his friend will put air in my tire (I am such a 'girl') since his shop is right by Kmart. Stop to get air in tire. (Did I mention I love my car? It is so smart.) Get home to pick up scrapbooking stuff (priorities) and then check email. Then get a call from a customer of ours who is WAAAYYYY behind on paying some bills and deal with that as best I can. I tell you , it was a perfect day to scrapbook. Friends, lunch and just chatting and scrapbooking. I am home now and working on getting ready for some domestic chores right after blogging. I do have some clothes in the wash so I am multitasking!

It is 8 days until Thanksgiving and it is 85 degrees out - yes, it is. Actually it's nice, just a little hard to get in the holiday mood, especially since we are going here for Thanksgiving. Pray for snow.

I will leave you with this little thought as we approach Thanksgiving...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Saying 'no'...

I thought I would get a jump on Living Simply Saturdays
I am not sure what the rest of the day and certainly the weekend will bring so here I am.

I think we all feel like we should say 'no' way more than we do. Is it a mom thing or a woman thing? Who knows for sure but it is something that I sure struggle with. I think we have all said yes to some project, committee, party, playgroup, job, etc. and wondered 'what have I gotten myself into?' Yes, that was the story of my life for a while and now I am tired and ready to say 'no'. I hate that it has gotten to that point but whatever it takes, I say. I am ready. Ready to be the 'slacker mom'. I hate that saying but it's what I feel like these days. Yes, I have friends who are proud to be slacker moms. Why can't I be like that? I still feel guilty saying no or not volunteering for something. It has taken me a while but I realized that I can't 'fix' everything and I can't head every committee. Have I got it all figured out? Not hardly but I am working on it.

I always used to think that I had to have a 'reason' and a good one if I said no to some request. I just never felt like 'because I don't feel like it' was good enough. You know what, it is good enough and maybe the best reason of all. That and 'I need a nap.' :) I still do alot of things, I think. But I pick and choose what is really important to me. What I really LIKE to do. There are just some things I dislike very. very much - like sitting outside a grocery store selling stuff - and I choose not to do them. Would I do something to help out someone in a pinch even if I didn't really want to? Sure, that's what friends are for and people do it for me.

The reason I thought about saying no today was that a friend of mine is running all over creation today to pick up water, juice, fruit and muffins that local businesses are donating to the Schoolwalk for Diabetes that our school is having tomorrow. I saw the list and thought 'boy, that's a lot of running around, I bet she could use some help.' Now the old Debra would have said 'let me do some of that' knowing darn well that I don't have the time to do that today. The new Debra just nodded and felt guilty.

Now I need to work on the guilt thing...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why my husband doesn't go grocery shopping...

Two words: Hydroponic Tomatoes!

My mom came over yesterday for a bit and with her she brought a bag of grapes. How nice, I thought. The reason she brought the grapes is that she asked my dad to pick up '2 medium bags of grapes'. He thought she said 3 bags, so he bought 4. Makes sense, right?

That made me think of the last time I sent my husband to do some shopping (other than pick up a bag of chips or some ranch type of thing). It was 11 years ago - the New Year's right after we got married and we were having a party. So I gave him a list of things we needed for the party and asked him to pick them up since he was off and I was working. Give him a list - no problems should occur, right? One would think it was an easy thing. Well, he brings everything home, puts it away, I come home, start fixing stuff for the party. He gives me the receipt and I don't remember the total but I do remember saying that it was an awful expensive trip for the amount of items on the list. I look more closely at the receipt and notice tomatoes on there to the tune of $10. WHAT?? I open the fridge and what do I see but the most gorgous tomaotes you have ever seen. Ah, that's the problem as it is December in Virginia so you know what the tomatoes should look like - pale orange-ish. Come to find out they are hydroponic tomatoes. And he was so proud of himself. :)

After that it was decided that to keep within our food budget it would be best if I was the main grocery shopper in the family. And so it has been for 11 years. Do you think he did that on purpose???

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

'When does she go back to school?'

Asks the dog? I know this is blurry but it's the best I could manage this morning as Little Miss
tortured, I mean played with, the dog. She printed the mask, id card and dog collar and literally held the poor dog down to tape the collar on (no animals were harmed - the tape is not on her fur, it is holding the 2 ends of the collar together). Please note, if you can, that Montana has a mask on, too. This is why you need at least two kids. :) Just think if Little Miss had a brother or sister she could 'play' with them... and the dog could be napping leisurely on her pillow dreaming of dog bones. Oh, school is back in session tomorrow, Montana...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

People in Las Vegas don't sleep...

This was uttered by a little girl at 4:45 am on Saturday morning as she pulled open the curtains of our hotel room on the 12th floor, filling our previously dark and quiet room with all the lights on the strip. Now I was up, too. 'What do you mean'? I ask, as dad contined to sleep. 'Look at all the cars out there.' Sure enough, Flamingo Road was hopping. Should these folks be driving, I wondered?

We met my husband on Friday night in Las Vegas for the evening. He was there for a trade show and then off to CA for a race so we wanted to spend a bit of time with him. Saturday he left and we headed to Target and the mall. It was a productive shopping trip - too productive some might say. But I did get more Christmas shopping done and I am 'this close' to being finished. That is mainly because I am doing alot of baking this year - especially for the grandparents. As I am walking through the Christmas section in target I just kept thinking, do we really need all these adorable decorations? I mean, who doesn't have bins and bins of Christmas decorations? I know I do. Last year I actually tossed some things I haven't used for years and was able to get rid of one whole bin. And I haven't filled it back up yet. :) There are some beautiful things out there that's for sure.

Friday night we dined at Margaritaville. It was my first trip there. The food was yum-o and the atomosphere was lots of fun. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you have your kids with you. It was really entertaining- they have people on stilts walking around making balloon sculptures - most of which are made into hats so you can wear them all night. My daughter loved her sculpture - a big pink heart. It is kind of noisy so it's not really a romantic type of restaurant. They play Jimmy Buffet music - of course - so how bad can it be. Oh, and I appeared to be the only person in the place drinking wine! The man on the stilts let me know that.

We arrived home about 7:30 pm on Sat evening and Little Miss was fast asleep. She woke up when I was taking her jumper off in the bedroom and said "I can't go to bed, I'm too tired." And she slept until 7:40 this morning. That's what happens when you get up at 4:45 am....

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I was tagged by The Rockin' Wife so I figured I would post my answers now since tomorrow we leave to go for an overnight 'trip' (AKA: shopping).

  1. Were you named after anyone? No
  2. When was the last time you cried? Does Tuesday night count (NOT tears of joy)? Other than that it would be when I watched 'We are Marshall' a couple weeks ago.
  3. Do you like your handwriting? It's okay.
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Oscar Meyer turkey
  5. Do you have kids? Yes
  6. If you were another person would you be friends with you? I think so.
  7. Do you use sarcasm alot? Umm, yeah!!
  8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
  9. Would you bungee jump? Not likely
  10. What is your favorite cereal? Raisin Bran
  11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Not usually
  12. Do you think you are strong? Yes
  13. What is your favorite ice cream? I am not picky but coffee is my fave
  14. What is the first think you notice about people? Their eyes
  15. Red or Pink? Pink
  16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself? I interrupt people too much
  17. Who do you miss the most? My grandmother
  18. Do you wnat everyone to send this back to you? Yes
  19. What color shoes are you wearing? None
  20. What was the last thing you ate? Nutri grain bar
  21. What are you listening to right now? Nothing
  22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink
  23. What are your favorite smells? The ocean, clean (clothes, house, car)
  24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? A salesperson from the Marriott
  25. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I haven't met her in person but she has a great blog and she loves wine - how could you not like her!
  26. What is your favorite sport to watch? Men's beach volleyball! :)
  27. What is your hair color? brown
  28. What is your eye color? hazel
  29. Do you wear contacts? No
  30. What is your favorite food? Soft Shell Crabs
  31. Scary movies or happy ending? happy ending
  32. Last movie you watched? 'We are Marshall' (really good)
  33. What color shirt are you wearing? Multi (white, pink, brown)
  34. Summer or Winter? summer.
  35. Hugs or kisses? Both
  36. What is your favorite dessert? Carrot Cake
  37. Who is the most likely to respond? Hopefully everyone will
  38. Who is the least likely to respone? See above
  39. What book are you reading now? The Middle Class Millionaire
  40. What is on your mouse pad? Polar bears
  41. What did you watch last night? 'Gary Unmarried' - sooo funny
  42. What is your favorite sound? The ocean
  43. Rolling Stones or the Beatles? The Beatles
  44. What is the farthest you've been from home? Australia
  45. Do you have a special talent? Unfortunately, no.
  46. Where were you born? Bremerton, WA
  47. Whose answers are you looking forward to getting back? Everyone's

I will tag Sarah, a newer blogger, so we get to know her!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I got my first award...

What a nice surprise I received from Laurie! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Blogging has been a nice and surprising way to make new friends. It's amazing how we just 'find' these ladies with whom we have so much in common. I would like to pass this award on to Kellie & Carie, who is also a friend in real life. I look forward to making many more blogging friends as I continue to do this.
Thanks again Laurie!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Silenty, November arrives...

I have always thought that November arrives silently: after the hoopla that is Halloween and before the festivities that surround Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a quiet time with quiet surroundings- the foliage still turning in most parts of the country gives us beautiful and tranquil sights as we go about our everyday chores and duties. It's a time to enjoy and savor before the non-stop activity that will take us in to the new year.
I am glad that the first day of November falls on a Saturday this year. Most of us enjoyed a fun filled last week of October with candy, pumpkin carving, costumes, parties and just plain fun. Having November 1st fall on a Saturday gives us a chance to refuel and regroup before the first Monday in November arrives - when we will be back to school and back to work and the silence slowly starts to give way to holiday time activity. Maybe some of us can even get away with savoring the first couple of weeks of the month before really gearing up.
As the month progresses our thoughts will turn to turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie, not to mention shopping. The dreaded Christmas shopping season. Dreaded for those of us who take so much time and effort finding just the right gift for someone, anyone, who would probably prefer a phone call or a lunch out or a handwritten note to a new scarf or socks. Try to remember the tranquil first weeks of November, the silent time. Let yourself buy one less gift this year - to be replaced by a more personal touch. See how that brings you back to a simpler time, a time when more wasn't necessarily more. A time like the silent beginning of November...