Thursday, July 30, 2009


This week has been a complete whirlwind.

Hubby went out of town Monday and came home late Tuesday night. Up and out of the house early Wednesday and didn't get home until after 11 pm.
Meanwhile, I'm schlepping the kids from activity to activity and trying to get ready for a mini- getaway in the crevices of time available to me.

Hubby's on the sofa asleep now and I am (in addition to blogging) cooking dinner for the next two nights, packing (for myself), giving myself a pedicure, packing for the kids (staying with granny for a couple of nights) and writing out a slightly less detailed schedule for the next few days. Oh and I'm also trying not to forget anything and did I mention that Jade and I have an appointment bright and early in the morning with a potential school? Yeah.

Additionally, after the meeting at the school I have to run several errands (one of which is to the warehouse store to get pull-ups) before dropping Jade at grandma's and (without spending any time with O) jetting to catch a late afternoon flight.

What the hell am I doing sitting here blogging?

See ya!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Do I hear $200?

A few days ago, The Hubs and I went to a glitzy charity auction at a fancy schmancy hotel in the city. We scored free tickets courtesy of his boss who was double booked for the evening.

I got all dressed up and looked fabulous, if I do say so myself. The Hubs looked pretty good as well. I mean, I did allow him to stand next to me , y'know? ;)

It was a great time. Open bar, delicious food, open bar, good company, open bar, wonderful entertainment. Did I mention open bar?

The mistress of ceremonies mentioned that the silent auction would be closing in just a few minutes time, so I decided to go take a look at the wares. Just a look. Of course, I knew that we weren't going to be bidding on anything. You know with us not having any income and all. So, I just wanted to take a looksy.

As I perused the items with glass of wine in hand, I noticed that there was a fabulous item that only had one bidder. A private 5 course lunch and makeover for four at an upscale department store. Ha! The lone bidder was to become the owner of such a prize for the low, low price of $100. Almost a shame considering the auction was for charity, don't you think?

I knew you would agree with me. I immediately knew what had to be done and wasted no time doing it. In these difficult economic times, charities need our generosity, right? So, I bid against bidder 96 and upped the ante just a little bit. I mean, I've solicited for auctions before and whoever snagged this prize, surely thought it would bring in more money than a measly $100.

Just as I thought, after I added my bid, Bidder 96 decided that she wanted to own that item. Instead of going up one increment, she went up two increments!

Now, at this point, I really can't explain what happened. Something came over me. It's probably the same thing that comes over gamblers when they are at the Roulette table or shopaholics when they are at the mall. Perhaps it is just that thing that comes over people when they are on their (now) third glass of wine after being cooped up with two kids all week. ahem.

In any event, completely unbeknownst to The Hubs, I began a bidding war with Bidder 96. She played along. Finally, with just two minutes before closing, I snapped out of it and took my little self into the ballroom to eat the third course which was being served. I thought for sure Bidder 96 would swoop in at the last possible second and claim her prize.

Two hours later, as we were preparing to leave, I inquired at the check-out table, just in case.
Would you believe that Bidder 96 choked in the end and let me win the item? I was shocked (plus my wine had worn off). I was now the proud owner of the fabulous prize and the volunteer thanked me for my generosity.

Let's just say that Hubby was not as impressed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just go to sleep already!

Lately Jade has taken to calling for us a million times after we put her to bed. "I'm having trouble sleeping. Will you stay with me a little while?" is usually what she'll say. That or, "I don't want to be all by myself." It is so annoying because I put 150% into every day (okay, maybe not 150% and maybe not everyday but I work hard) and I really look forward to relaxing after the kids are in bed and the last thing I want to hear is, "Moooommmy. Moooooommmmmyyyyyyyy."

This issue is compounded by the fact that The Hubs has been working late a lot. So after I do the whole getting in bed routine, then I have to answer the calls. So annoying.

Yesterday I had the kids up and out of the house by 9:30am. We went to the park and played hard. I mean, I was right there playing with them. Chasing them with a spray bottle and pretending to go on a road trip and everything. Then we stopped for lunch and went back to the park for more playing ( a friend called while we were having lunch and wanted to connect). I sang songs in the car all the way home to keep them awake so they could have a good nap.

When they woke up from their nap, we had a snack and then went to the library. After the library we went and visited with my inlaws. The Hubs was working late as usual, so by the time we got home (after 8:00p) it was on me to do the whole bedtime routine.

Needless to say, I was not in the mood for any shenanigans. This is what I told Jade as I tucked her in:

Me: Do not call my name. If you need to potty, go potty. If you need a drink, get some water out of the sink. If you have trouble sleeping, say a prayer, but whatever you do, do not call my name or you will have significant consequences.
Jade: What kind of consequences?
Me: Do you really want to find out?
Jade: Ummmm, no....

She didn't make a peep!

Monday, July 13, 2009

One Decision Down...

Well, I made the decision to pull Jade from her preschool.
I have no idea what happens now. I guess we'll just keep enjoying our summer vacation while I explore all other options. It just got to the point with her school where I couldn't take it anymore. I found that I was rationalizing all of my concerns with the fact that she was doing so well with her foreign languages. Well, you know what? Foreign language isn't everything. Although it is super important to me. *sigh*

Anywhoo, in other news, have you seen this story in the Vancouver Sun?

"A typical street whore." "A bunch of ghetto thugs." "Ghetto street trash." "Wonder when she will get her first abortion."

These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front.

The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, "To entertain her daughter, Michelle Obama loves to make monkey sounds."

I mean, can you believe these people? I really would like to know, who are the people who think and speak like this because I don't know anyone who does and I certainly wouldn't stand by while someone did it in my presence.
Just sick people, really. She is a child!!!

*deep breath* Honestly, between Michael Jackson and this news about Malia Obama and the Gosselin drama, I have come to a conclusion. The last thing that I want for myself or my children is fame. It is simply not worth it. Honestly, I wouldn't run for office for all the tea in China. Just so that my entire life can be dragged across the tabloids for all to trash? Just so that every item of clothing, every comment, every morsel of food that crosses my lips can be scrutinized? No thank you. And I don't know how we expect to get quality people to serve when they see the kind of treatment that they get.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Oh Janet is NOT going to be happy about this!!!

Poor Joyce DeWitt. I loved her on Three's Company.

I bet she is more upset about the mugshot than about the fact that she got pulled over for DUI.
She actually doesn't look's just that expression. It almost looks like she's saying....'Hey wouldja cut me some slack buddy? Whaddya say?"

Note to self - If ever arrested, no matter how bad I look, smile.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mandate this!!!

I am a Libertarian. I am also an idealist. I think you kind of have to be an idealist to be a Libertarian. I just read an article online that really gets to the Libertarian in me.

Susie Kessler had a great idea. She was worried about her teenaged children driving on busy, dangerous roads. This worry was exacerbated by the fact that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. So she came up with a magnetized bumper sticker that reads 'CAUTION: NEWLY LICENSED'. The idea being that other drivers (the normal ones. not the sick, crazy people out there) will see the sticker and give the driver of the vehicle some grace when they wait forever to make a left turn or ride for miles with a turn signal on or drive 40 mph in the left lane. Sounds cool, right?

I think it's great. However, now she is working with a local legislator to make it the law that drivers have this magnet on the vehicle when they are driving. This drives me bananas.

Why do we have to have laws for everything? Good grief! Why does everything have to be mandated? I think this is a cute idea, Susie, but it doesn't have to be law. Share it with the other moms at your son's school. Share it with the local newpapers and magazines, go tell it on the mountain. I'm sure that other parents will think that it is a good idea and join you. Some parents won't think it is a good idea; whether it's because they are the kind of 'cool' parents who don't want to embarrass their children or because they think that announcing to the world that a teenager is driving the car makes them a target. Whatever the case may be, there will be some people that don't want to participate.....AND THAT'S OK!!!!

We are becomng a nation of people who don't do things because it is the right thing, we do it because it is the law. I think that is very sad. It takes the 'thinking' out of living. And not only that, as we continue down this path, we will get to the point where we won't do anything unless it is the law. We will look to the law to dictate every step that we take. College is good, should we mandate that? Exercise is good, should we mandate that? And if you think that I am taking the slippery slope to the next level, just think about it. We are on the precipice of offering a public option for healthcare. When people's unhealthy habits cost us money, I bet people will find a way to mandate certain behaviors.

I don't mean to go off on a political tangent, but we have got to do something. The more laws we have, the more government we need to enforce the laws.

I'm not for anarchy...I'm just saying.
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