Friday, June 26, 2009


Yesterday was bizarre. First Farrah Fawcet passes. Then, Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest. I felt bad for Farrah and her family that Michael was getting so much press and thereby foreshadowed, in my opinion, the respect she should have received. Farrah FOUGHT for her life. Not a little fight. I tough fight. Cancer sucks. She opened up to all of us by choosing to show how she wasn't going to give up or be a quitter when it came to her cancer. I respect that.

Michael on the other hand didn't do much in his later days to impress me. In fact, in the end I'm betting that his death was suicide by "accidental overdose".

In the 80's and early 90's he was the bomb. His music rocked and I, like many others, loved his music. But as he aged he got too strange for me. How much more plastic surgery could his face take? His nose was barely a nose anymore. Have you seen the latest pictures of his chin? OMG it's a butt.
I didn't approve of how he orchestrated his children and walked away w/ full custody from their mother. And lets not forget the pedophile court case.

Nope, in the later years MJ didn't do much to impress me. I'm sure now he'll be as popular as Elvis. Even Lisa Marie said Michael said as much to her in a conversation how when he dies he'll be like Elvis.

I can appreciate he was the King of Pop. I can appreciate he wanted and loved his kids and I hope his kids turn out okay. But the bottom line for me is in the end he was a disappointment. He could have been so much more.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lame Update

I haven't been much into posting lately but I'm around. This past week I've been dealing with a lovely case of the hives. Possibly brought on by some bug bites but we'll never know for sure. Being itchy is no fun.

Work is lame. I go to work to live, not live to work. I have a micro-managing manager. nuff said.

In addition we're doing a huge system conversion over the weekend, which will no doubt going to create havoc for everyone.

Saturday I'm throwing a luau party at my house. My birthday is on July 4th but I'm not really celebrating my birthday. I just want to have a partay! We always go to my parent's house over the 4th of July weekend. Their community has a lake, boat parade, fireworks show and bike parade for the kids.

The girls started summer camp. So far so good. Both enjoy their teachers and have met friends.

We camped over Father's Day weekend. Mt. Madonna is a great place to visit if your looking for a woodsy place with lots of shade. Hiking was fun too and they have white deer.

Sorry for the lame (my word for the day) update.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Oakland Zoo

This weekend Todd and I took the girls to the Oakland Zoo. It had been a few years since I'd been there, but the kids had gone a couple years ago. They have a new children's section which I really liked. For the most part the zoo hasn't changed but I have to say it's still a great place to take the kids.

This is a Sun Bear. He was rolling around in the grass.

Two types of camels. Todd shot this from the tram ride.

Brushing and petting a goat in the petting zoo section. They didn't have many animals to pet but the girls didn't mind.

This is a prehistoric alligator from 15 million years ago. The info said he ate dinosaurs. Cool!

An alligator under water

Lions and tigers together

Todd & Paula on the tram.

Shawna and I also on the tram

To finish off the day we hit the ride section and let the girls blow $16 on rides.

They claim this was their favorite part of the zoo. haha

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Are you ticked?

So, have you been wondering what we've been doing over here besides smelling each others feet?
No? Hmph.

Well, here it is anyway:

Shawna received a bad bear note home this week for engaging in an inappropriate behavior. She and her classmate decided to cut each others hair. Thankfully they didn't do any damage. Many years ago when Shawna was 3 years old she decided she no longer wanted bangs, so she removed hers completely. Not a single sole was unaware of what she did. It was plain as day on her little face up near her hairline. Somewhere I have a great picture. I need to find it.

Back to this week. The teacher had a long talk with them explaining proper hair etiquette but didn't feel Shawna actually understood the seriousness of her actions. We took away TV and I gave her the look. You know. The look that says don't ever do it again. I made Shawna cry with just the look. I felt a tad bit bad but was also jumping up and down inside that the look worked. Once the look no longer works you're screwed.

We found a new home for rental dog. Evie went to a nice young lady who works in a homeless shelter. I wasn't too sad to see Evie go. She was sweet and I could have lived with her longer, but her shadowing me became annoying. Anywhere I went she went. If she couldn't find me she ran around looking for me. She sat on me, sat next to me, slept next to me, ate next to me and more times than not wanted to be on my lap. I need my alone time. Even from a dog.

Only a few more days of school left. Shawna has a kindergarten graduation on Tuesday but Paula doesn't get out until Wednesday. Paula doesn't understand why it isn't a big deal to move from 2nd grade to 3rd grade. She believes a graduation for her class is also in order. (rolling eyes)

I recently wrote a check for thousands of dollars so someone else can watch my kids for the summer. Being a full-time working parent has it's perks and forking over lots of money to a summer camp is usually one of them. Of course I'm a mean mom by making my kids also attend summer school. It's a combination camp and summer enrichment program. I know I know. How Dare I. As a kid I never wanted to take summer school. Either the smart kids or the kids with difficulties took summer school and I was a middle of the road kid. I'd take an art class maybe but that was it. I remember making an old lady out of a dried apple in summer school. But kids these days can't afford to lose the knowledge they acquired in 9 months. They need to be up to speed the first week of school when homework starts. As it is Shawna is still struggling with reading. She has problems with the sight words. I'm hoping summer school helps.

So that's it for now. I'm sure you enjoyed reading about my dull life. It is rarely much more exciting than this. Of course we did find a tick on rental dog #2 , who I only have for 24 hours so I'm not really going to talk about it today. Although it is a great story and one I'll share sometime. Todd had to remove the wiggling tick from the dogs back after suffocating it in Vaseline. Bleck.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Do you smell that?

Said this morning by Paula in total seriousness:

"Shawna, your feet smelled so bad last night I almost threw up"

Ahhhh....sisterly love

Monday, June 1, 2009

Beginnings of Dementia

I truly believe I have the beginnings of dementia.

Two weeks ago I misplaced my wedding ring. Todd thankfully located it, but where I'd placed it was in the most unusual spot, yet I knew after he found it that I'd put it there.

This morning I found an almost full carton of milk in the cupboard where the girls cups are stored. I must have put it in there yesterday when serving the kids milk at lunch time.

Should I just book my room now at the Alzheimer's Inn??